The Todd County Rotary Club held a political forum for state legislator candidates Tuesday evening, with a good crowd of students and residents turning out for the debates at the high school auditorium.
State Senator Joey Pendleton debated Republican challenger Whitney Westerfield in the evening’s final debate, with the candidates respectfully disagreeing on several policy issues during a 45 minutes session.
Speaking on pension reform, Westerfield blamed policies approved during Senator Pendleton’s tenure for the current state of the system and said reforms should have already been made to benefits for new state employees.
The first debate at the Todd County Political Forum pitted the two 16th District State Representative candidates against each other, and became increasingly contentious as the evening progressed.
State Representative Martha Jane King and challenger Chris Hightower are vying to represent Todd and Logan Counties and debated well over an hour at the high school.
Hightower said Ms. King’s vote for the controversial re-districting legislation this year was part of his reason for running, as that would have opened the door for a candidate from Warren County to represent Todd and Logan—while Representative King touted her service both in Frankfort and in the local communities.
Asked about tax policy, Representative King said she hasn’t signed a pledge to not increase any tax, because she wants to keep her options open to come up with a plan that’s fair for all Kentuckians and that won’t tax groceries.
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is expected to travel to Hopkinsville on Monday and stop by the Christian County GOP headquarters located off of Fort Campbell Boulevard.
Senator McConnell is expected to offer remarks and will be meeting with local Republicans from 1:30p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
McConnell is the Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate.
Montgomery County officials say voters in the county continue to show their support for the flexibility and convenience of early voting.
Officials say through the first five days of early voting, 12,185 voters have cast their ballots, compared to 11,524 votes cast during the same period in 2008.
Officials are encouraging voters who have yet to cast their ballots to take advantage of early voting and to not be intimated by the large voter turn-out for this presidential election.
Administrator of Elections, Vickie Koelman says the line moves very quickly with the help of computers to look up voter registration and 24 voting machines allow voters to cast their vote.
Early voting will continue through Thursday, November 1 at the Election Commission Office, located at 350 Pageant Lane.
Officials with Hopkinsville Community College have always touted the fact the local college is military friendly and encourages soldiers to further their education.
To drive that message home even further, HCC President Jim Selbe was invited for a dialogue on veterans in Washington.
The event is being hosted by the American Association of Community Colleges and the discussion session is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 30th at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C.
Selbe was quoted as saying that it was an honor to be invited to the national discussion about serving military students.
According to AACC President, Walter Bumphus, the organization will be bringing together 20 to 25 community college leaders who play a vital role in advocating for and providing educational opportunities to active-service military students as well as veterans.
Other notable speakers scheduled to participate in the discussion include Curtis Coy, the Deputy Undersecretary for Economic Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Andrea Baridon, Associate Director of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges.