Hampton, Overly to participate in a televised candidate debate September 23

League of Women Voters of Kentucky
115 South Ewing Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40206

kentuckylwv@gmail.com * 502-875-6481

August 25, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, Co-presidents 502-875- 6481 or
Cindy Heine, League Candidate Debate Coordinator 859-351-9419

Hampton, Overly to participate in a televised candidate debate September 23

Debate will air live on WLKY-TV at 7:00 p.m.; WKYT-TV will air it at 10:00 p.m. on The CW Lexington (channel 27.2); both stations will stream it live.
MIDWAY, Ky. – Candidates for lieutenant governor, Jenean Hampton (R) and Sannie Overly (D) will appear in a televised debate, co-sponsored by Midway University, CBS affiliates WKYT-TV, Lexington and WLKY-TV, Louisville and the League of Women Voters of Kentucky on:

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST)
Midway University’s Anne Hart Raymond Building Auditorium
512 East Stephens Street
Midway, Kentucky

The debate will be conducted following League policies. Bill Bryant, WKYT anchor and political editor, and Vicki Dortch, WLKY anchor, will moderate the debate leading an hour of questioning on key issues impacting Kentuckians. Candidates will have a set amount of time for opening, answering questions and closing statements. They will be asked the same questions with time for discussion and rebuttal.

WLKY will air the debate live from 7:00-8:00 p.m. WKYT will air the debate at 10 p.m. September 23 on The CW Lexington (channel 27.2). The debate will be streamed live on WKYT and WLKY websites.

Midway University President John P. Marsden said, ““Midway University is pleased to serve as the host for the Lt. Governor debate. As Kentucky’s only Women’s College it is important for us to bring events like this to our campus. It gives our students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the issues these candidates support. To have two strong female candidates participating also gives our students a glimpse of the increased role women are playing in the political process.”

Hearst Television/WLKY has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism eight consecutive years for its commitment to covering local political issues. “WLKY is committed to helping our viewers hear from the candidates in every upcoming election. We are excited about this opportunity to hear from the two women running for Lieutenant Governor,” said Vicki Dortch.

“WKYT is proud to partner with WLKY and the Kentucky League of Women Voters for debates between candidates in the races for both governor and lieutenant governor,” said WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant. “During the debate in the lieutenant governor’s race, we look forward to a thorough discussion of the important issues facing Kentuckians.”

“The members of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky are delighted to co-sponsor a debate between the candidates for Lt. Governor,” said Terry Naydan, League copresident. “In order to make Democracy work, we need an informed and engaged electorate. We expect that this debate will explore the important issues that confront the citizens of Kentucky in an interesting and informative format. We hope citizens will tune in and judge for themselves about which candidate is the most qualified to be the next Lt. Governor.”


The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.


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