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Campus Will Host Public Forum With Lexington's Mayoral Candidates April 25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2018) — A public forum on the future of Lexington with the city’s mayoral candidates will be held over breakfast on Wednesday, April 25, on the University of Kentucky’s campus in Room 213 Kastle Hall.

The forum, headlined “What’s Next, Lexington?” is being organized by the JOU 101: Introduction to Journalism class and is sponsored by the UK Student Government Association.

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The forum’s motto is “Spend two minutes or two hours, just add your two cents on what you would like to see for the future of Lexington.”

The public forum will begin 8 a.m. and wrap up before 10 a.m. Participants will be able to pick up a program and voter guide, along with a bite to eat, in the first segment from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Then after a break the second segment will run from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

All seven of the mayoral candidates, who face a May 22 primary election, have been invited and a majority have confirmed their attendance at the public event.

The forum is being organized around three questions about Lexington:

1. Where are we now?

2. Where do we want to go?

3. How are we going to get there?

The last day to register to vote in the May 22 primary election is Monday, April 23, two days before the forum. The Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office offers online voter registration at

“Please join the conversation,” said Gayle Hilleke, executive director of Kentucky Campus Compact, based at Northern Kentucky University, one of the partners for the event. “This is part of our larger ‘What’s Next, Kentucky?’ effort to bring citizens together for public problem-solving when citizens themselves step up or when they develop creative new relationships with public officials.”