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The Alabama Voter 
Summer 2010 Edition
Published July 19, 2010

Update on Gubernatorial Debates

by Kathy Byrd, LWVAL Co-President


The League of Women of Voters of Alabama is going full steam ahead with our plans for two gubernatorial debates this fall. The first will be held September 16th at the University of Alabama, and then second on October 19th at Auburn. We are cosponsoring the series with the two Student Government Associations (SGAs) at UA and Auburn, the respective local chambers of commerce, and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP). Both forums will begin at 7:00 P.M. and last one hour. The forums will be featured in local newspapers through “” plus other media, and broadcast statewide on Alabama Public Television and Alabama Public Radio.

Democratic nominee Ron Sparks has already committed, and we have been in touch with the Alabama Republican Party and the two candidates who will face each other in the July 13rd run-off, Robert Bentley and Bradley Byrne. The League is in charge of developing the questions, which will not be released in advance.

What can local leagues do?

  1. First of all, contact your local media to promote the event: articles, letters to the editor, talk shows, whatever you can do.
  2. Questions will be solicited from the public via the newspapers covered by and other media, including APT and APR. We will start soliciting questions about 3-4 weeks before the first event, and soliciting again after the first debate. Individual League members are urged to submit questions as well. Local leagues should urge their communities to submit questions and watch the debates.

Stay tuned for future details.

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