All four Deschutes County Commissioners will take the debate stage tonight in Redmond. The Central Oregon Patriots group is hosting the free event. Spokesman Robert Perry says the audience will be able to ask questions, and a special crossfire section allows the candidates to ask tough questions of one another. He believes its important for people to get involved in local politics: "We always seem to talk about the federal government and the state government about what they are doing or not doing; but let's face it, we as individuals do not have a lot of influence on federal and state government. That's not true about local government. We can make a big difference in speaking out to our city councilors, our mayors, our county commissioners and that's one of the reasons why we chose the county commissioner candidates for our very first candidate forum." The debate starts at 6:30 in Redmond at the Highland Baptist Church. It’s free and open to the public.