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LaMotte and Sauerbrey to be featured speakers in debate at WMC


Two well-known Maryland politicians -- Del. Ellen R. Sauerbrey, R-10th, and Del. Larry A. LaMotte, D-5B -- will be the featured speakers at 7:30 tonight during a debate on presidential politics and issues of local, regional and national concern at Western Maryland College.

The event, in the Decker College Center Forum, is free and open to the public.

Ms. Sauerbrey, who is a 1959 graduate of Western Maryland College, has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1979 and the minority leader since 1987. She has been a member of several legislative committees, including Ways and Means, Economic Matters, Spending Affordability and Legislative Policy's management subcommittee.

She is from Baltimore and a former high school science teacher.

Mr. LaMotte has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1983. He also has been a member of several legislative committees, including Environmental Matters (where he chaired the subcommittee on health and the environment), the joint subcommittee on trauma care and rehabilitation (chairman, 1984-85), Joint Committee on Health Care Cost Containment, and Special Joint Committee on the Medical Assistance Program.

A native of Baltimore, he is director of corporate development for Ferst Companies, a recycling and compost manufacturing firm in Baltimore.

Moderating the discussion will be Terry Dalton, assistant professor of English at WMC. He will be joined by four questioners: Christianna Nichols Leahy, associate professor of political science; James Lightner, professor of mathematics; and students Joseph Vernetti, a senior in political science, and Christine Keiner, a senior in biology.

Before the questioning, each debater will be allowed five minutes to make an opening statement. Depending on time, questions from the audience may be accepted after the debate. Both debaters will make a five-minute closing statement.

Event organizers are planning to have on hand a large-screen television so the audience may watch the Clinton-Bush debate at 9 p.m. Additional Information: Terry Dalton, 857-2424.

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