The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor one of only five televised gubernatorial forums agreed to by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Andy Beshear.
The Paducah candidate forum luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. It will be broadcast live by WPSD Local 6. The election is Nov. 5.
"We're very excited to have this opportunity to host this," said Sandra Wilson, chamber president. "I think it's a great chance for people in west Kentucky to be able to see the candidates in person and hear from them. This is the only one in western Kentucky and the only one sponsored by a chamber."
In addition to the Paducah chamber-sponsored event, other planned televised gubernatorial forums are:
• Oct. 15 -- WKYT and the League of Women Voters, Lexington.
• Oct. 26 -- WLKY and the League of Women Voters, Louisville.
• Oct. 28 -- KET, Lexington.
• Oct. 29 -- WLWT and Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights.
The Paducah forum will not be a back-and-forth debate between the candidates, according to Wilson.
"It's a media forum. They won't be asking each other questions. They both will have the opportunity to make opening and closing statements, and in between will be asked questions from a media panel," she said.
The chamber event will follow the same format as in previous forums for local and state offices.
"We will follow our very strict guidelines," Wilson said. "We ask the audience to remain silent during the event. There's no cheering in between questions because we want to have the whole focus on (the audience) being able to listen to what they have to say."
In addition, no campaign banners or other promotional materials will be allowed.
The cost for the luncheon is $20 per person, and is open to the public. The event will take the place of the chamber's monthly "Power in Partnership" breakfast series. PIP "powercards" may be used.
Registration deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at www.paducahchamber.org.