111th House forum set for Oct. 12 in Hays

Voters in the 111th District of the Kansas House of Representatives will get an opportunity to hear what each candidate has to say during a live forum Oct. 12 in Hays.

The 111th District forum will be at 6 p.m. at Rose Garden Banquet Hall, 2350 E. Eighth. Doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m.

The forum will feature incumbent Barbara Wasinger, a Republican, and challenger Edward Hammond, a Democrat.

The forum is sponsored by The Chamber in Hays, The American Democracy Project at Fort Hays State University, FHSU’s Political Science Department, the Docking Institute of Public Affairs and Tiger Media Network.

“There is no greater liberty as an American than exercising one’s right to vote,” said Sarah Wasinger, president and CEO of The Chamber. “The Chamber in Hays, Kan., encourages all 111th District constituents to attend this forum to be informed on both candidates and issues.”

Moderators for the forum will be Tim Carpenter of the Kansas Reflector and Pilar Pedraza of KAKE News. Both have spent numerous years covering the statehouse in Topeka.

The event is scheduled to last approximately one hour.

“The American Democracy Project is honored to assist in sponsoring this event that helps our community members get informed and civically active,” said Grace McCord, student co-coordinator of the American Democracy Project at FHSU. “One of the best ways we can contribute to democracy is by being well-informed voters. We are especially excited to be a part of the 111th forum because it is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together and get involved in the democratic process.”

The forum will be streamed live via Tiger Media Network’s YouTube Channel, and the public is also welcome to attend in person free of charge.

Refreshments will be provided by Midwest Energy and The Hays Daily News.

Audience members will be able to submit questions for candidates at the event. Questions also can be submitted prior to Oct. 12 by emailing them to hayscc@hayschamber.com or to Tiger Media Network at njschwien@fhsu.edu.

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