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WLJT and the League of Women Voters presents Gubernatorial forum

WLJT and the League of Women Voters presents Gubernatorial forum

Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 5:43 pm

The Tennessee Public Television Council (TPTC) and the League of Women Voters Memphis and Shelby County will offer voters a chance to hear from each of the four Republican candidates for Tennessee Governor. TN Gubernatorial Forum: Republican Edition will air live on WLJT, Channel 11 and across the state on public television stations on Tuesday, May 25 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. CT. The public can send questions in now for the candidates at TNdecides@wkno.org. Some of the questions may be chosen to be used during the televised forum.
The forum will feature four panelists posing questions to all four Republican candidates: Knoxville Mayor Bill Hassam, Joe Kirkpatrick, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, and U.S. Representative Zach Wamp. It will be moderated by Memphis Daily News publisher Eric Barnes. Mike WcWherter, Democrat, unopposed in the May primary, won by default. Therefore no Democratic forum is planned.
“We have an excellent field of candidates running this year and as usual, public television is out front providing a public service to viewers,” said producer Tim Weeks, who has produced programs for public television, including Great Smoky Mountains: Code Blue and served as contributing producer and writer for All*Star Bluegrass Celebration, and Rounder Records 40th Anniversary. Weeks has also produced music specials in conjunction with Austin City Limits, as well as the special Earth in the Balance with then-Senator Al Gore and the series Tennessee Capitol Newsmakers.
“An important part of being an engaged citizen,” said Michael J. LaBonia, TPTC Chairman, “is being an informed voter. This forum will help illuminate the candidates’ positions so voters hopefully will be better informed. Public broadcasting plays a vital role in educating voters to help them be more engaged citizens.”
Peg Watkins, President of the League of Women Voters Memphis and Shelby County, states that the League, a nonpartisan political organization, works to empower citizens by encouraging the public to be educated and active participants in government. In order to do so, the League holds forums, publishes voter guides, booklets regarding the workings of government and the Red Book, a directory of elected government officials.
Tennessee Gubernatorial Forum: Republican Edition airs live Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. on WLJT, Channel 11. It will also air Saturday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 30 at 2:30 p.m. on “The Tennessee Channel”.
The Tennessee Public Television Council is a coalition made up of the six public television stations in Tennessee. It was created to combine the efforts of the stations and strengthen the mission of public television throughout the state.

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