Paul Lilly, Republican nominee for Brown County judge in the November election, released a statement about his refusal to debate write-in candidate Steve Fryar.

Fryar has said he has scheduled debates for Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16, all at 5:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Community Center.

Lilly’s statement follows:

Debate? Steve Fryar cries foul because Republican county judge primary winner Dr. Paul Lilly refuses to debate. Debates in the primaries are between members of the same party vying for voter endorsement. Lilly received that endorsement from Brown County Republican voters in addition to the Brown County Republican party.

The people have spoken — twice, if you include the vote and endorsement by the Republican Party of Brown County. The elitists are not listening to the will of the people of this great country, our great state and our wonderful county in which we all live. The elitists do not seem to hear very well.

Had there been a legitimate candidate from the Democratic Party, Libertarian Party, or other recognized political party, Lilly would have been thrilled at the opportunity to debate. However, Fryar is none of those and represents no party, even though he has placed the word “Republican” on his campaign signs in an effort to try and confuse people to have them believe that he is the Republican nominee.

What he is doing by entering as a write-In candidate may be legal, but that sure does not make it ethical. Lilly is  the Republican candidate for Brown County judge, period. This has been decided by the people and by their representatives. Now let us move forward.