EKU Center for the Arts to Host 6th Congressional District Debate Oct. 27

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Democratic challenger Elisabeth Jensen will take the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts stage Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. as they debate for the Sixth Congressional District seat.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to hear directly from the candidates about their vision for central and eastern Kentucky,” said David McFaddin, executive director of government relations and regional stewardship at EKU.

Although this marks the first congressional debate at the EKU Center for the Arts, it follows the 2011 gubernatorial debate between Kentucky’s current governor, Steven Beshear, and his opponents David Williams and Gatewood Galbraith.

Televised live by Lexington CBS-affiliate WKYT-TV and moderated by Channel 27 news anchor and political editor Bill Bryant, the debate will also air on WEKU-FM (88.9).

"WKYT has a long tradition of bringing candidates before the voters to discuss important issues,” said Bryant.  “We are delighted to partner with EKU for the congressional debate and I look forward to an informative debate about the direction of the country and the region."

A panel including EKU Student Government President Kyle Nicholas, WEKU News Director Jonese Franklin and Lexington Herald-Leader political writer Sam Youngman will join Bryant on stage to ask the candidates a series of questions provided by community members via the Twitter hashtag, #EKUdebate. The deadline to submit questions is Oct. 22.

“I am hopeful this experience will help educate our campus, the local community and other concerned groups about issues that are important to them,” said McFaddin. “By hosting this event at the EKU Center for the Arts we are able to open this event up to a large population of constituents.”

To request free tickets to the debate, visit www.ekucenter.com or call the EKU Center for the Arts Box Office at 859-622-7469. Group tickets are also available by contacting the Box Office in advance.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and close promptly at 6:50 p.m.

For more information about the event, contact Karmen Marcum at ‪karmen.marcum@eku.edu.

Published on October 10, 2014

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