Loretta Spencer Picks Conference Over Debate

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) Tuesday evening every candidate running for mayor in Huntsville and Madison met to debate live on WHNT News 19, except Loretta Spencer.

Spencer spent her evening at the 15th Annual Space and Missile Defense Conference
Von Braun Center, a conference Spencer says she brought to the city when she was mayor.

WHNT NEWS 19, along with the Huntsville Times, the Committee of 100 and Leadership Huntsville-Madison County, sent a letter out at the beginning of June inviting all qualifying candidates for mayor to debate.

The partners gave the candidates a deadline of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 to let organizers know their decision. All, but one candidate agreed to debate.

Former Huntsville Mayor Loretta Spencer declined our offer to debate current mayor Tommy Battle and Candidate Jackie Reed.

“I regret that I will be unable to participate in the debate proposed by WHNT NEWS 19 to take place on August 14th because of a commitment to participate in another event that has been on my calendar for a year. I appreciate the invitation from WHNT NEWS 19. I look forward to other opportunities to discuss the issues on the same platform with my opponents,” said Spencer.

WHNT News 19 also offered Spencer the alternative date of August 13th. However, Spencer tells us she has a conflict then as well due to the conference.

Tuesday evening Spencer told WHNT News 19 she would be tapping the debate and watching it later at her home.

"I am very much interested in it," Spencer said.

In a Tweet moments after the debate wrapped up, Loretta Spencer tweeted, " I spent yesterday & today helping to create jobs and recruit industry instead of just talking about it."

The Space and Missile Defense Conference is open to the public. It runs through Thursday.