If you are among the thousands of Kansas wanting to know more about what the competing candidates for Governor and U.S. Senator have to say about their positions on issues, you will get a first-hand opportunity to find out at the Kansas State Fair on Legislator’s Day, Saturday, Sept. 6.
The Kansas Radio Networks and WIBW Radio, flagship station of the Kansas Radio Networks, will be hosting the first official debates for Kansas Governor and U.S. Senate at the fair.
The Gubernatorial debate between Republican incumbent Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Paul Davis takes place at 10 am at the Bretz and Young Injury Lawyers Arena at the Kansas State Fairgrounds. The U.S. Senatorial debate will be between Republican incumbent Pat Roberts, Democratic challenger Chad Taylor and Independent Greg Orman and will follow immediately at 11 am.
Kelly Lenz, Farm Director, with WIBW Radio/Kansas Agriculture Network, will moderate the Governor’s debate. He notes that Kansas State Fair has become the traditional location for the Gubernatorial debate for nearly thirty years. In more recent years, U.S. Senate debates, which will be moderated by Assistant Farm Director Greg Akagi, have also become a regular feature of the fair.
A three member media panel will ask questions of the candidates during both debates. Nick Schwien, Managing Editor, Hays Daily News and Michael Schwanke, Reporter-Anchor, KWCH-TV, Wichita will be a part of both media panels. Alex Dingman, News Reporter, WIBW-AM Radio will be the third member of the Gubernatorial media panel. Liz Montano, News Reporter, Kansas Information Network, will be the third member of the U.S. Senatorial media panel.
Gov. Sam Brownback is completing his first term as Kansas Governor. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 and then elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election to replace Bob Dole in 1996.
Davis has served as State Representative since 2003. The 46th District, which Davis serves, covers eastern Lawrence.
Sen. Pat Roberts is completing his third term in the U.S. Senate. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981-1997.
Taylor was elected as Shawnee County District Attorney in 2008. Topeka is located in Shawnee County. He was re-elected as Shawnee County D.A. in 2012.
Orman is an Independent candidate and was approved to be on the ballot on Aug. 15. He is an Olathe businessman involved in several businesses. He also co-founded the Common Sense Coalition in 2010.
Both debates will be broadcast live on WIBW-AM Radio and Kansas Radio Networks affiliate stations across the state. You can also listen to both debates online.