Debates for Governor, Attorney General & Secretary of State Available for Viewing

October 17, 2019

The Kentucky Debate for candidates for governor, Andy Beshear (D) and Matt Bevin (R ), was held October 15, 2019 on the campus of the University of Kentucky.  Co-sponsors with the League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Lexington were the University of Kentucky Student Government Association and Gray Television.  Bill Bryant, WKYT/Lexington and Shannon Cogan, WAVE/Louisville, moderated.

The Debate was aired live on the following Gray Television stations: WKYT in Lexington; WAVE in Louisville; WBKO-FOX in Bowling Green; WYMT in Hazard; and TriState’s CW in Huntington, West Virginia and can be watched here. 

Debates for candidates for Attorney General, Daniel Cameron (R ) and Greg Stumbo ( D) and Secretary of State, Michael G. Adams (R ) and Heather French Henry (D), aired  Thursday, October 17, and can be found here. These forums, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Louisville and WLKY was aired on WLKY.



Fall 2019 KY VOTER

October 8, 2019

Your Fall 2019 KY VOTER is here. Read about:

  • Candidate Debates for Governor, Attorney General and Secretary of State
  • VOTE411
  • Local League Election Season Activities
  • Environmental Committee Report on the Ohio River
  • New policy on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Take Action on Gun Control
  • League nominated teacher goes to Harvard
  • Remembering Judy Johnson




League of Women Voters Co-Sponsors Gubernatorial Debate

September 27, 2019

September 27, 2019



Cindy Heine, League of Women Voters of Kentucky

Candidate Forum/Debate Coordinator/Lexington or 859-351-9419

League of Women Voters Co-Sponsors Gubernatorial Debate

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2019) — The second televised debate for the office of governor of Kentucky will be held on the University of Kentucky’s campus Tuesday, Oct.15, in the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.

Candidates Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear have confirmed their participation in the event co-sponsored by the UK Student Government Association (SGA), the League of Women Voters of Kentucky and Gray Television and its TV stations serving Kentucky.

Tickets for this debate sold out in less than a week.  Ticket-holders must be seated by 6:45 p.m. when the doors will be closed. The debate will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. No bags or backpacks will be permitted in the auditorium. Purses larger than 6.5 by 4.5 inches will also not be permitted. Paid visitor parking will be available in the South Limestone Garage located near Avenue of Champions.

The debate will be broadcast live from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time and 6 to 7 p.m. Central Time, Oct. 15, on the following Gray Television stations: WKYT in Lexington; WAVE in Louisville; WBKO-FOX in Bowling Green; WYMT in Hazard; and TriState’s CW in Huntington, West Virginia.

The debate will also be livestreamed on the following TV station websites: WBKO in Bowling Green; KFVS in Cape Girardeau, Missouri; WXIX in Cincinnati; WFIE in Evansville, Indiana; WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee; WYMT in Hazard; WSAZ in Huntington; WKYT in Lexington; and WAVE in Louisville.

Moderators for the event are news anchors Bill Bryant of WKYT and Shannon Cogan of WAVE. The League of Women Voters of Kentucky’s nonpartisan policies will be followed, and questions for the candidates will be solicited from university students across the state as well as debate sponsors. Questions will be selected by the sponsors to cover a wide range of topics of interest to Kentuckians.

UK Student Government Vice President Katherine Speece says SGA is excited to give UK students the opportunity to witness the event live.

“It is such an honor to be able to host Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates here on campus,” Speece said. “I hope that this debate offers clarity to voters and progresses us to a better Kentucky.”

State President Fran Wagner of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky says having debates is important to the integrity of a true democracy.

“The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is pleased with the interest in this debate and invites everyone to watch the TV broadcast or join us online to learn about these candidates for governor. Democracy only works when we all become active and informed, casting votes for the candidates of our choice,” Wagner said.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.

Lt. Gov. Debate Cancelled

September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019



Cindy Heine, Kentucky League of Women Voters

Candidate Forum/Debate Coordinator/Lexington or 859-351-9419



LEXINGTON, KY-The University of Kentucky Student Government Association, Gray Television and the League of Women Voters of Kentucky invited candidates for Lieutenant Governor to a debate on October 1.

That debate has been cancelled. Republican Ralph Alvarado agreed to participate. Democrat Jacqueline Coleman is not available on that date.

On October 15, candidates for governor will debate in Lexington. More details to follow.

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LWV/Lexington Sponsors Teacher for Harvard Workshop

September 19, 2019

September 16, 2019

For Immediate Release


Cindy Heine, LWV of Lexington


League of Women Voters sponsors Fayette County Teacher to attend Harvard workshop

 The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Lexington nominated Lafayette High School U. S. History teacher Stevie Lemons for participation in a Harvard University workshop Aug, 18- 20 on the use of case study methods to teach high school civics. The workshop was taught by Professor David Moss of Harvard Business School, who pioneered the Harvard Case Study Method to teach U. S. history, democracy and civics. The method became the primary teaching strategy in the Harvard Business School, and Professor Moss began teaching the method to high school teachers. Last summer, the Business School partnered with the LWV of Greenwich, CT to offer the workshop to local high school teachers selected by the League. This pilot effort was so successful that the national LWV invited individual League chapters to nominate 1-2 outstanding teachers from their local districts to participate in the 2019 workshop.

The LWV of Lexington selected Ms. Lemons based on an essay about her passion for civic engagement, followed by a phone interview. The final step in the selection process was an interview with the Harvard Case Method Project Team.

The 2 ½ day workshop engaged teachers in intensive study of key episodes of US History including the writing of the Constitution, division over slavery, and concepts of justice and liberty throughout our history.  Ms. Lemons described the experience as “incredible and captivating.” Ms. Lemons, along with other workshop participants, agreed to teach at least four cases from Professor Moss’s book, Democracy: A Case Study in her classroom this year and help moderate a community case discussion with LWV of Lexington next spring or summer.

Contact Ms. Lemons at or 606-304-5577

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The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy in which every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.  The League is proud to be non-partisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties, but always working on vital issues of concern to voters.

2019 Summer Kentucky Voter Available Now

July 2, 2019

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The Summer 2019 Kentucky Voter Newsletter is here!

Read about our grant to support the “For the People” Act (HR 1) and celebration plans for Women’s Equality Day.

Learn our new president and board, the news from our spring debates and Hopkinsville convention, and more!

Click here to see all the news now!

Ky League Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Partisan Gerrymandering

June 28, 2019

(Here’s the full text of our press release sent to media outlets)

On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a set of landmark redistricting cases with implications for the future of American democracy.  The Court chose not to draw a clear line between a fair district map and one that is too partisan.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is disappointed by the decision but determined to carry on the fight for fair districts designed by a fair process.  Across the country, partisan gerrymandering has created districts that disproportionally favor incumbents. Both political parties have abused the process, with politicians choosing their voters rather than voters choosing their representatives. We want Kentucky to do better than that.

The LWV of Kentucky will redouble efforts to ensure that the Kentucky General Assembly uses a fair, transparent procedure for redistricting after the 2020 census.  We also recommit our efforts to the passage of the For the People Act that has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and needs a hearing in the Senate.  One of the provisions of the For the People Act is the establishment of independent commissions in each state to redraw district boundaries following the census every 10 years.

“Our democracy is a work in progress, and the League won’t back down until we have a system in place that works for everyone,” Kentucky State League President, Fran Wagner, said.

 The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.

Read the League’s report and resources on redistricting.


Patty Kannapel, LWVKY Communications Co-Chair