Candidates seeking office in Harlan County are gearing up for a forum to take place Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Harlan Center.
The Harlan Daily Enterprise, radio station WTUK 105.1, television station WYMT, Harlan Community TV and the Harlan Center are sponsoring the forum.
The forum is being moderated by WYMT Vice President for News and General Manager Neil Middleton.
According to WTUK Station Manager Jeff Capps, around 90 percent of candidates in the races for sheriff, jailer, judge-executive, circuit court judge and state representative have already confirmed their participation in the event.
Capps said unfortunately those running for magistrate could not be included because there are too many candidates. He said a magistrate forum could possibly be held at a later date.
“All questions will be submitted by email to Neil Middleton,” said Capps.
All questions must be submitted no later than noon on Tuesday.
To submit a question, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Neil will take the questions and put them together,” said Capps. “Each candidate will be given one minute to answer. The same question will be asked to the other candidates in that race.”
Capps said each candidate will be given the opportunity to answer first at least once.
“This is the second one (forum) we’ve had, and it kicks off the political season as everybody gets ready to go at it,” said Capps. “This is the big one.”
Capps said this forum will be useful to those wanting to learn more about the candidates.
“As much as they (candidates) try and get out, we have a very rural county,” said Capps. “They may not see everybody. For a little effort, you can come see them. We’re making it easier for the candidate to reach the public.”
The event is free to the public.
“All we’re asking is campaign signage be left in the cars and in the parking lot,” said Capps. “We’re going to be taping this for TV and it will be shown live on TV. We don’t want signs in the way.”
The forum will be shown live on Harlan Cable Access channel 34. The forum will also be recorded and made available on WTUK’s website. The Harlan Daily Enterprise will also provide a link to the recording on our website at www.harlandaily.com.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde