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Oklahoma City University Hosts City’s Only Gubernatorial Forum
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University will host the city’s only candidate forum for state governor and superintendent of public education at 4:30 p.m. June 16 before the primary elections this summer. The forum is free to the public and will be held in the Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. Candidates for each of the offices have been invited to share their views on the major issues facing the state. The forum is sponsored by the Oklahoma Academy, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that encourages public discussions of state policies. Candidates for governor who are invited to participate are Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, state Sen. Randy Brogdon, Attorney General Drew Edmondson, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin and businessman Roger Jackson. The Oklahoma City forum will also feature candidates for superintendent of public education. Invited candidates include Janet Baressi, Jerry Combrink and state Sen. Susan Paddack. Each candidate will receive a set of questions addressing regional and state issues at least one week before the forum. The moderator, Academy Vice Chairman Tom McKeon, will ask the questions during the forum. Chairman Neil McCaleb will speak about the forum objectives. “The forums are geared to provide opportunity for citizens to hear the candidates express their views and ideas on issues that are critical to Oklahoma’s future,” McCaleb said. “The Academy will provide questions to the candidates prior to the forum so they can do some homework and come prepared.” The candidates will also field questions from the audience. Each candidate will be given two minutes near the end of the event to make final comments. The forum is scheduled for two hours. Oklahoma City University President Tom McDaniel will give the opening remarks and introductions. The Oklahoma Academy scheduled six gubernatorial forums at locations across the state. After Oklahoma City, the remaining forums will be held in Lawton, Enid and Tahlequah. The Academy has organized forums during gubernatorial election years to ensure that citizens have more than just sound-bite information from candidates on important issues, according to organization President and CEO Julie Knutson. For more information about the forum visit www.okacademy.org , call the Academy at (405) 232-5828 or send an e-mail to Jamie@okacademy.org or Jennifer@okacademy.org.