Local Candidate Forums Look Beyond 'Soundbites And Yard Signs'

Sep 14, 2018

Lexington voters interested in checking out smaller down ballot races this November have an opportunity to hear from local candidates in a series of forums starting Saturday.

Cindy Heine with League of Women Voters of Lexington, the lead sponsor for the events, says renewed interest in the political process has led to a busier ballot this fall.

"There are many, many more candidates filing this year," she tells WUKY. "Council, for example, all but one of those seats was contested. That's unusual. Often there are a number of them that are not contested." 

Most Urban County Council contenders have agreed to attend the events, joining hopefuls in a handful of state House, judicial, and Board of Education races. The free, public Q&As give voters a chance to dig deeper into more fine-grained local issues, Heine says. 

"Our hope is that people will get to know a little more about the candidates other than the soundbites, or the yard signs, or the ads that go up," she explains. 

New this year is an open forum for candidates whose challengers are not participating.

The meetings run through September 29th in the Lexington Public Library’s Farish Theater. A full schedule can be found at lexingtonlwv.com. Voters can also submit questions ahead of the forums. Archived video will be posted online. 

A voter guide is available at Vote411.org