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Debate for candidates for Democratic primary for Governor on May 15 at UK; Republicans declined

A Candidate Debate for the Democratic Primary for Governor in Kentucky will be held on the University of Kentucky campus Wednesday, May 15.

Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen and Geoff Young will participate in the debate that is co-sponsored by the UK Student Government Association, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Lexington and Gray Television and its nine TV stations serving Kentucky, which include WKYT in Lexington; WAVE in Louisville; WBKO in Bowling Green; WYMT in Hazard; WXIX in Cincinnati; WSAZ in Huntington, West Virginia; WFIE in Evansville, Indiana; WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee; and KFVS in Cape Gerardo, Missouri.

The debate is free and open to the public at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the Gatton Student Center Ballroom.

Gray Television stations will broadcast and/or stream the debate in its entirety live or on a delayed basis. WAVE plans to air live at 3 p.m., and WKYT and WYMT will air at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to be able to host an event that puts Kentucky’s students in front of their potential representatives,” UK Student Government Vice President Katherine Speece said. “The challenges we face today as Kentuckians are ever evolving, and as students we desire to have a governor who will not only represent our interests but protect our future.”

All candidates for governor were invited to participate. Gov. Matt Bevin is being challenged by State Rep. Robert Goforth, William Woods and Ike Lawrence. Because Bevin and Goforth declined invitations to participate, a similar debate for Republican candidates was canceled.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky’s nonpartisan policies for primary races will be followed, and Bill Bryant, WKYT news anchor, and Shannon Cogan, WAVE news anchor, will moderate.  

Questions for the candidates have been solicited from university students across the state and the sponsors.

Questions will be selected by the sponsors in order to cover a wide range of topics of interest to Kentucky citizens.

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