Week before election full of opportunities to meet candidates

Last week, the weather did not stop hundreds of people from attending our Red White and Blue event presented by Big Rivers Electric Corporation on the Daviess County Courthouse Lawn.

Nearly every candidate on the ballot was in attendance. Each candidate introduced themselves and talked about their platform. There were some spirited moments.

The crowd this year was a great mix of all ages and walks of life. And we had more young people than ever before. Young people always bring a sense of energy and hope …hope that the next generation will feel empowered to participate and lead.

This week, we will have more opportunities to meet the candidates and hear where they stand on specific issues.

Tuesday, we will have a local candidate forum in the Owensboro High School auditorium at 5 p.m. The city commission candidates will go first, followed by the county commission candidates. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday morning, Dr. Eli Capilouto, President of the University of Kentucky, will speak at our GO Vote Rooster Booster sponsored by Kentucky Legend. We will have free GO Vote merchandise, and our students will be producing a video to share. The event is open to the public with a discount for Chamber Members.

Thursday evening, we will host our state House and Senate candidates in a forum at Owensboro City Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Matt Francis, Executive Editor of the Messenger-Inquirer, will moderate the forums. Questions will not be taken from the audience. However, they will be formulated from lists suggested by Chamber members, Chamber Young Professionals and Wendell Ford Statesmanship Academy students.

We ask for you to put GO VOTE!!! Messages on your signs, marquees and any other visible area in or around your establishment.

Please use and share our GO Vote logos found on our social media accounts or call our office at 270-926-1860 to request them. We ask you to share them on your social media accounts and add them to your email signatures.

We can make a real impact together by showing that regardless of our political party or personal believes, standing together to vote makes us a united community. GO Vote! We hope to see you this week.

By Candance Castlen Brake President and CEO, Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce