The League of Women Voters Political Forums got underway at the Bradford Square Mall Monday night and we begin our traditional series featuring a race each day in the news with the candidates for 8th District State Representative.
Incumbent Representative John Tilley faced off with Republican challenger Max Sturdivant in a spirited debate that was only ten minutes short of an hour long.
Both candidates agreed that creating jobs is a top priority for any state lawmaker, though they disagreed greatly when grading the General Assembly’s performance in helping to promote growth.
Addressing the budget-making process, Representative Tilley said he has a record he’s proud of when it comes to making tough decision to keep the spending plan balanced.
Sturdivant said there is more room for cuts and believes a change in leadership in Frankfort is part of the answer for solving Kentucky’s financial problems.
Sturdivant said he’d support Kentucky opting out of President Obama’s health care plan, while Representative Tilley said that would effectively be turning down Kentucky’s federal allotment for Medicaid funding since Congress passed the controversial legislation and that is what the Commonwealth has to work with.
The forums continue Tuesday evening at 6 with candidates for Hopkinsville City Council in Wards six and seven and the debate between State Senator Joey Pendleton and challenger Whitney Westerfield.
We will feature a League of Women Voters debate on our weekly public affairs program each Sunday morning at 9am on Lite 98.7 in addition to the daily feature in our newscasts.