Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Fletcher, Chandler will debate at NKU

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - An organization of young Northern Kentucky professionals has secured one of the gubernatorial debates between Republican Ernie Fletcher and Democrat Ben Chandler.

The debate is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Greaves Hall at Northern Kentucky University and will be hosted by Legacy, a non-profit group of about 140 young professionals that works on fostering leadership through community and political involvement.

The event is one of 15 debates and forums scheduled prior to the November election. It is the only gubernatorial debate planned for Northern Kentucky.

Legacy has been working to bring a debate to Northern Kentucky since April, securing partnerships with more than 25 local organizations, including The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Forward Quest Inc., the Homebuilders Association of Northern Kentucky and NKU.

"We approached this opportunity with two primary goals," said Josh Wice, an administrative analyst with the Campbell County Fiscal Court and Legacy member.

"We wanted to include the entire eight-county region of Northern Kentucky and we wanted to provide, free of charge, a forum for the citizens of Northern Kentucky to hear and be heard by the next governor of Kentucky.

"We hope that the event will foster increased voter turnout on Election Day in these eight counties," Wice said. He said the debate is scheduled to be shown on Insight Cable but details have not been announced.

Donna Bloemer, a co-chair of the event, said the debate is an example of what can happen when groups and organizations in Northern Kentucky work together.


E-mail pcrowley@enquirer.com

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