League of Women Voters Co-Sponsors Gubernatorial Debate

September 27, 2019



Cindy Heine, League of Women Voters of Kentucky

Candidate Forum/Debate Coordinator/Lexington

kentuckylwv@gmail.com 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.

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