October 16, 2007

WHAS11 Broadcasts Live Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate 2007 - October 21, 7:00 p.m.

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY WHAS11 television will broadcast a one-hour live Kentucky gubernatorial debate between Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Democratic challenger Steve Beshear on Sunday, October 21st beginning at 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The debate will also air live on WTVQ-TV, the ABC network affiliate in Lexington, KY.

WHAS11NEWS Anchor Doug Proffitt will moderate the commercial free debate with a three person panel consisting of WHAS11NEWS political analyst Mark Hebert, WTVQ'S political reporter Greg Stotelmyer, and Courier-Journal political reporter Joe Gerth. Both candidates will be given the opportunity to ask each other questions, and answer questions presented by members of the panel and from constituents solicited on-line at whas11.com.


Incumbent Governor Fletcher served his community as a family practice physician in Lexington for 12 years, including two years as CEO of the Saint Joseph Medical Foundation.
Governor Fletcher's legislative career began in 1995 as a State Representative for Kentucky's 78th District, during which time he served on the Kentucky Commission on Poverty and the Task Force on Higher Education.

Governor Fletcher's public service continued when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1998 from Kentucky's 6th Congressional District. In Congress, he served as a member of the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and was selected to chair the Policy Subcommittee on Health.

Running Mate: Robbie Rudolph


Steve Beshear was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives to begin his political career. He represented the 76th District and served in the House from 1974 to 1979. He was elected Attorney General of Kentucky in 1979, defeating Republican nominee Ron Snyder with 471,177 votes to Snyder's 302,951. Beshear served as Attorney General from 1980 to 1984.

In 1983, Beshear was elected lieutenant governor of Kentucky on a Democratic ticket headed by Martha Layne Collins. Beshear defeated Eugene P. Stuart, the running mate of Jim Bunning, 568,869 votes to 321,352.

In 1987, Beshear ran for Governor of Kentucky and lost in a packed Democratic primary field. Beshear won 114,439 votes in the primary, good for a third place finish behind former governor John Y. Brown, Jr.'s 163,204 votes and 221,138 votes garnered by Wallace G. Wilkinson, who went on to win the general election that fall. Beshear placed ahead of former governor Julian Carroll's 42,137 votes and also defeated Grady Stumbo, who won 84,613 votes. Three other candidates combined for an additional 8,187 votes in that primary.

After his defeat in the 1987 election, Beshear practiced law in Lexington, Kentucky. He was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 1996, losing to incumbent Mitch McConnell.

Running Mate: Daniel Mongiardo

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