EKU Update HomeA Newsletter for Eastern Kentucky University Faculty & Staff
Volume 16 • Number 18
July 10, 2015
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EKU Center for the Arts to Host Gubernatorial Debate
The EKU Center for the Arts will host another Kentucky gubernatorial debate this fall.

The Oct. 25 debate, to be broadcast statewide, is being organized by WKYT (Lexington), WLKY (Louisville), WYMT (Hazard), WSAZ (Huntington, W.Va.), WBKO (Bowling Green), WLWT (Cincinnati) and WPSD (Paducah). The stations are partnering with the Kentucky League of Women Voters. The event, from 6 to 7 p.m., will be moderated by WKYT’s Bill Bryant and WLKY’s Vicki Dortch.

Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin have agreed to appear at a series of debates and forums prior to the November general election.

EKU’s 2,014-seat Center for the Arts hosted a gubernatorial debate in 2011 as well as a Sixth District congressional debate in 2014.

“We are thrilled to play a role in bringing this gubernatorial debate to EKU,” said Joel Aalberts, executive director of the EKU Center for the Arts. “The EKU Center for the Arts is a community resource, and participating in this process is good for the Commonwealth, our region, and our campus community.

“The Center has built a strong relationship with WKYT over the years and we look forward to working with them, their broadcast partners and the League of Women Voters to stage an event that is professionally done and valuable to Kentucky voters. We are proud of our track record in hosting debates at the EKU Center and look forward to being the site for more events like this at Eastern Kentucky University in the future.”

EKU is among 16 applicants across the nation, and the only site in Kentucky, vying to host a U.S. presidential or vice presidential debate in 2016. The Center for the Arts would serve as the debate hall. The selection of the 2016 host sites will be announced this fall.

Ticket information for the gubernatorial debate will be announced at a later date.