Independent Candidates Criticize Format Of Louisville Mayoral Forum

Some of the independent candidates for Louisville mayor are raising concerns about the format of a mayoral candidates’ forum to be held next week at Louisville Public Media.

Tuesday’s event will begin at 7 p.m. with a debate between Democratic incumbent Greg Fischer and Republican challenger Angela Leet. It will be broadcast live on WFPL and on WAVE 3 News.

The second part of the forum, featuring the seven independent candidates, begins at 8:15 p.m. It will be recorded by WFPL and posted online as part of the station’s voter guide.

At a news conference Thursday, three of those candidates, Jackie Green, Sean Vandevander and Chris Thieneman said they should be given the opportunity to debate the major party candidates.

Pictured left to right: Jackie Green, Chris Thieneman, and Sean Vandevander outside the Louisville Palace on Fourth Street.

“We all represent thousands of voters and we feel like those are thousands of voices being denied the right to be heard, especially in a public debate,” Thieneman said.

In a statement, LPM President Stephen George said the format was decided after all nine candidates confirmed their participation, and there were no last minute changes.

The forum is being organized by the League of Women Voters.