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Bellarmine to hold mayoral debate

Jul 14, 2010


Bellarmine University and the Governor’s Scholars Program will present a mayoral debate at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, in Frazier Hall on the Bellarmine campus, 2001 Newburg Road.

The debate is free and open to the public, with limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

In addition, the university will broadcast live streaming video of the debate on Bellarmine TV at http://www.bellarmine.edu/livestream/.

The planned mixed-format debate will feature all the candidates for mayor: Democrat Greg Fischer, Republican Hal Heiner and Independent Jackie Green.

It will be moderated by WAVE-3 news anchor Scott Reynolds.

The first segment will include timed responses to questions posed by the panelists -- recently retired Courier-Journal editor David Hawpe, political commentator and attorney John David Dyche, and some of Kentucky’s top high school students representing the Governor’s Scholars Program, which is in residence on the Bellarmine campus for the seventh consecutive year.

The second segment will be cross-questioning, in which each of the three candidates will ask two questions of the others.

Finally, each candidate will have two minutes for a closing statement.

“We are very pleased to sponsor this event for the community, along with our resident Governor’s Scholars,” said Bellarmine University’s president, Dr. Joseph J. McGowan. “Every election is important, but this one looms especially large because Louisville has had the same great mayor for nearly a quarter of a century and is now electing a new one. We believe this event will be a great learning opportunity not only for the Scholars, but for the community at large.”

The Governor’s Scholars Program strives to develop Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders and to create models of educational excellence for teachers and students. Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience.

Bellarmine University is celebrating 60 years of academic excellence, leadership and service to the region and the world. It is an independent Catholic university offering more than 50 majors, as well as graduate degree programs, a doctor of nursing practice and a doctor of physical therapy. Forbes.com and the Princeton Review rank Bellarmine among America’s best institutions for higher education, and U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks Bellarmine as a top-tier university.