Only One Candidate Won't be at 'Great Debate'
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Almost all of the candidates for Paducah city commissioner will have the chance to share their viewpoints and debate each other at an upcoming event, and organizers are taking questions submitted from the public. 

The Great Debate of Paducah is scheduled for 6 pm on October 11 on the Paducah campus of Murray State University.

As of September 7, organizers said six of the eight candidates for city commissioner had confirmed they would attend - incumbent Richard Abraham and challengers Raynarldo Henderson, Scott Jackson, Brenda McElroy, Mike Reed, and Gerald Watkins.

UPDATE: On Monday, September 16, incumbent candidate Sarah Stewart-Holland told event organizer Yvonne Gray that she will attend all of the debate. She had previously committed to speak to the firefighter's union on that night, but they are now attending the debate.

Incumbent Sandra Wilson told WestKentuckyStar she will be out of town for several days that week, including the night of the debate. 

Organizers hope voters who love Paducah and care about who makes decisions regarding city services, taxes, laws and governance will attend so they can be informed voters in November. Anyone can submit a question for the candidates by 5pm on October 8.

Students from local debate teams, including Paducah Tilghman High School, will be timekeepers for the event. Stephanie Martinez from WPSD will moderate the debate.

Questions can be submitted using the Great Debate of Paducah Facebook page (see link), or by emailing 

Murray State University's Paducah Campus is at 4430 Sunset Avenue.

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Great Debate of Paducah Facebook page

Published 11:53 PM, Friday Sep. 14, 2018
Updated 09:45 PM, Thursday Sep. 20, 2018

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