The fifth and final debate for the three candidates in the 12th U.S. House District race is set to take place at 7 p.m. Friday at O'Fallon Township High School at 600 S. Smiley St.
The Southwest Illinois Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is sponsoring the debate among GOP nominee Jason Plummer, Democratic nominee Bill Enyart and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw.
The auditorium doors are set to open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The debate moderators are Morris Taylor, a professor of public administration at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Ann Collins, a political science professor at McKendree University and Col. Dale Yonker, the president of the officer association's Illinois council of chapters.
Plummer, 30, is a Fairvew Heights real estate developer. Enyart, 63, is a Belleville lawyer and retired two-star Army general who until June had commanded the Illinois National Guard. And Bradshaw, 59, is a hospital emergency room nurse from Carbondale.
The three candidates are competing to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who is retiring after 24 years in office.
The 12th U.S. House District encompasses a dozen Southern Illinois counties, running from Alton in Madison County to Cairo, in Alexander County, in the state's southernmost tip.