Incumbent Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. and challenger, freshman City Councilman John Linder will square off in a campaign debate next week on the campus of Widener University. File photo

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andidates running for mayor and City Council in Chester will square off in the only public debate scheduled in the election season on Thursday, Oct. 27th at Widener University’s Lathem Hall. The debate will pit incumbent Republican Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr. against freshman Councilman John Linder, the Democratic candidate.

Last week, Linder and his running mates held a press conference calling on Butler and his team to participate in a debate. That prompted a Butler Team spokesman to question their motivation because a debate planning meeting between the camps and a coalition of sponsoring organizations had already been scheduled.

“We’re about the people’s business and the people want a debate; that’s their business, that’s what they deserve to have,” said Linder at the time. “I’m glad he (Butler) did consent to join the debate,” Linder was quoted in a published report later. “I think people will be excited. I know Widener students will be and our team is excited. I think it will be very interesting and I’m up for it.”

Linder campaign manager Ron Starr echoed the sentiment with a simple statement: “(We’re) looking forward to the debate.”

So is the Butler Team, according to campaign manager James E. Turner.

“This debate is yet another opportunity to remind people about the change Chester has realized…

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