KET Debates Begin Tonight

The first of eight special election episodes of Kentucky Tonight will air on KET this evening.

All candidates for statewide office this year have agreed to appear live on the show. Monday, the candidates of Agriculture Commissioner will debate. Democrat Bob Farmer and Republican James Comer will appear for one hour starting at 8 pm.

Next week, the three candidates for State Treasurer will debate. That show will feature Libertarian candidate Kenneth Moellman, who was the only treasurer candidate not to speak at last month’s Fancy Farm picnic.

The candidates for other offices will appear in the following weeks. Two shows with the gubernatorial candidates have been scheduled, however, Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear will only participate in one. He will forgo the September 26th debate on education. Republican candidate David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith will appear without him. All three will debate on KET on October 31st.

September 5, 2011: Commissioner of Agriculture
James R. Comer, Republican Party
Robert “Bob” Farmer, Democratic Party

September 12, 2011: State Treasurer
K.C. Crosbie, Republican Party
L.J. “Todd” Hollenbach, Democratic Party
Kenneth C. Moellman Jr., Libertarian Party

September 19, 2011: Secretary of State
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic Party
Bill Johnson, Republican Party

September 26, 2011: Governor (Focus on Education)
Steven L. Beshear, Democratic Party – will not attend
Gatewood Galbraith, independent
David L. Williams, Republican Party

October 10, 2011: Auditor of Public Accounts
Adam H. Edelen, Democratic Party
John T. Kemper III, Republican Party

October 17, 2011: Attorney General
Jack Conway, Democratic Party
Todd P’Pool, Republican Party

October 24, 2011: Lieutenant Governor
Jerry E. Abramson, Democratic Party
Richie Farmer, Republican Party
Dea Riley, independent

October 31, 2011: Governor
Steven L. Beshear, Democratic Party
Gatewood Galbraith, independent
David L. Williams, Republican Party