Kentucky will hold elections for seats in both the Kentucky State Legislature and U.S. Congress in the upcoming mid-term elections on November 4, 2014.  To help inform voters about the positions of the candidates, KET will be hosting debates for select U.S. Congressional races.  The debates will air on KET at 8/7 PM on the following days:

Oct. 6: U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District

  • Rep. John Yarmuth, Democratic Party
  • Michael Macfarlane, Republican Party

Oct. 13: U.S. Senate

  • Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic Party
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republican Party

Oct. 20: U.S. House of Representatives, 6th Congressional District

  • Elisabeth Jensen, Democratic Party
  • Rep. Andy Barr, Republican Party

With recent data indicating that 25.3 percent of Kentucky children live in poverty (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014), it is crucial that voters challenge legislators to prioritize the needs of children.  Be sure to tune in to the debates to see how candidates intend on addressing the issues that are most important to Kentucky’s youth. We’ll be listening for candidates to outline their plans related to early childhood education, child abuse prevention, healthcare, K-12 education, child poverty, and youth justice, and many other issues that will be up for debate.

Because kids cannot vote, they depend on adults to be their voice and advocate for their needs. Be one of those strong voices for kids by voting on November 4th. If you are not yet registered to vote, you still have time. The last day to register to vote in the general election is October 6, 2014. You can register to vote and learn more by visiting the Rock the Vote website.