October 21, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, League Co-presidents 502-875-6481
Cindy Heine, League Candidate Debate Coordinator 859-351-9419
Candidates for Governor to participate in October 25 televised debate at EKU
RICHMOND, Ky. The League of Women Voters of Kentucky will host a debate between the two front-runners in the race for governor with co-sponsors Eastern Kentucky University and CBS affiliates WLKY-TV of Louisville and WKYT-TV of Lexington. Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway have agreed to participate at the event on:
Sunday, October 25, 2015, 6 to 7 p.m. (ET)
Center for the Arts, Eastern Kentucky University
1 Hall Drive
WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant and WLKY anchor Vicki Dortch will lead the hour-long discussion of key issues impacting Kentuckians. League policy will be followed.
The public may submit questions for the candidates on Twitter at #KyDebate.
“Eastern Kentucky University and our Center for the Arts are proud to partner with the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, WKYT and WLKY and their broadcast partners across the Commonwealth to provide voters the opportunity to hear directly from our gubernatorial candidates,” said President Michael Benson. “The EKU Center is an ideal venue to host such events, and we look forward to hosting many more in the years to come.”
“WLKY is excited to partner with WKYT to bring you a live HD broadcast of our debate featuring the leading candidates for Governor. We look forward to a packed house at EKU as the candidates discuss the critical issues facing Kentucky,” said Vicki Dortch. 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.
“WKYT is proud to partner with WLKY and the League of Women Voters of Kentucky for the debates between candidates in the races for both governor and lieutenant governor,” said WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant. “We look forward to a thorough discussion of the important issues facing Kentuckians in one of the final televised gubernatorial debates.”
“The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is pleased to co-sponsor a debate between candidates for the office of Governor,” said Terry Naydan, co-president of the state League. “We trust this debate will help inform our electorate about the important issues of the day in an interesting format. We hope many citizens will tune in to inform themselves about the candidates and where they stand on many topics.”
Tickets are free but seating is reserved. To obtain tickets, visit www.EKUCenter.com or call the EKU Center for the Arts Box Office at 859-622-7469. The EKU Center for the Arts Box Office is open weekdays 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Tickets for groups of 8 or more are available by phone. On Oct. 25, the lobby opens at 4:00 p.m., doors to the theater open at 5 p.m., and seating ends as the theater doors close at 5:30 p.m.
In addition to WLKY and WKYT, other television stations serving Kentucky that plan to air the debate on one of their broadcast channels include WYMT in Hazard; WBKO in Bowling Green; WPSD in Paducah; WLWT in Cincinnati; and WSAZ in Huntington.
WLKY in Louisville, WKYT in Lexington, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky University are hosting the gubernatorial debate.
Media credentials may be obtained by contacting Chelsea Compton, EKU Center for the Arts at (859-622-7471), no later than noon Friday, October 23.
A media room with mult box will be available with live feed of the debate for credentialed media. Theater seating will also be reserved for media.
Time will be provided in the media room after the debate for credentialed media for interviews with the candidates.
Other media will be allowed to cover the debate, but space is limited. There will be limited space for parking a satellite or microwave van and access to recording the debate on site. Outside cameras will not be allowed inside the theater during the debate.
Other media recording the debate must abide by the following restrictions:
- Can only use up to three minutes of video or audio in total in regularly scheduled newscasts.
- Television stations in the Louisville market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY.
- Radio stations in the Louisville market must give verbal courtesy to WLKY.
- Television stations in the Lexington market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WKYT.
- Radio stations in the Lexington market must give verbal courtesy to WKYT.
- TV stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY-WKYT.
- Radio Stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal courtesy to WLKY and WKYT.
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.