October 5, 1998
-- The Teamsters election overseer set Oct. 19 as the date for
a debate between candidates for the union's presidency.
Election Officer Michael Cherkasky said Monday
the event will be held at an American University auditorium in
Details of the debate format have to be worked
out, but two candidates, Tom Leedham and John Metz, have indicated
they plan to participate. The third, James P. Hoffa, has yet to
Cherkasky said he would require that a transcript
of the debate be posted on the union's web site, at all local
union halls, and at Teamsters work places.
``The members deserve to be informed voters,''
Cherkasky said. ``The debate will provide a forum for the candidates
to inform the 1.4 million Teamsters of their positions on the
The results of the 1996 Teamsters election,
which had been funded with nearly $18 million in federal money,
were overturned after investigators uncovered an illegal fund-raising
scheme that benefited the re-election of union president Ron Carey.
Carey was barred from the rerun.
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