The Post-Intelligencer and other newspapers across the state who are members of the Tennessee Press Association will host a forum Thursday with most of the announced candidates for governor of Tennessee.
The forum will take place 9:30-11:15 a.m. at the Nashville Public Library.
The School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville will live-stream the forum, which can be viewed live on The P-I’s website, www.parispi.net.
Democrats participating will be former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Tennessee House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley.
Republicans participating will be former Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd; Tea Party activist Kay White of Kingsport; and businessman Bill Lee.
Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, will be presiding during a House session and unable to attend. U.S. Rep. Diane Black has not confirmed.
Two of the 12 questions to be asked of each candidate were supplied by P-I News Editor Glenn Tanner.
The gubernatorial forum kicks off an intense cycle of election coverage by the 125 members of the state newspaper association, who are committed to helping educate readers about the candidates, races and issues, according to Chris Vass, public editor of the Times Free Press in Chattanooga and TPA vice president.
“Election years are always important ones for our newspapers, as readers want and need in-depth coverage of the many races and candidates they will see on their ballots,” she said.
“The 2018 elections will be particularly important with Governor Bill Haslam not eligible for re-election, the retirement of Sen. Bob Corker and the enhanced importance of mid-term congressional elections.”