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Commissioner Candidates Hold 'Great Debate'
By Mike Cooper, West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The Great Debate of Paducah was held Thursday evening on the Paducah campus of Murray State University. The forum allowed for questions to be asked of the eight candidates for Paducah City Commissioner.

The candidates that participated in the debate were incumbents Richard Abraham, Sarah Stewart Holland and Sandra Wilson; and candidates Scott Jackson, Raynarldo Henderson, Brenda McElroy, Mike Reed and Gerald Watkins.

The candidates shared their views on randomly drawn questions that were submitted by citizens of Paducah. 

There was much agreement among the candidates when it came to subjects such as economic development, good paying jobs, making Paducah more business friendly, the strengths and weaknesses of Paducah, poverty in Paducah, how they would work with other commissioners, code enforcement, and the role of the commission working with city management.

The subject that brought about the most difference of opinion was what to do with confederate monuments. Ideas ranged from Richard Abraham believing they should not be changed, to Raynarldo Henderson believing they should be removed, to Gerald Watkins believing they should be moved to a museum. Even with the differences of opinions on this subject, the overtone of the evening was positive, with all candidates sharing a deep love and appreciation for the City of Paducah.

The debate was organized by the Paducah Professional Firefighters Local 168. The event was broadcast live on 94.3FM-WKYX.

Published 11:43 PM, Thursday Oct. 11, 2018
Updated 04:19 PM, Saturday Oct. 13, 2018

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