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Casper, WY -- Gov. Matt Mead and Taylor Haynes have confirmed they will participate in the 2014 Wyoming GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate.
The debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 15th at the Wheeler Concert Hall at Casper College and is sponsored by Casper College, KCWY News 13 and the Casper Star-Tribune.
Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill, who announced her intentions to run for governor earlier this year, declined to participate in the debate because she says she “cannot trust the [Casper Star-Tribune] to assure fair treatment,” and “does not want to be seen as supporting the newspaper in any way.” In a June 3rd statement, Hill told media outlets she would make her own proposal for a debate setting, format and moderator, but has yet to put forth any details on that arrangement. Our offer to Superintendent Hill to participate remains open.
"[This debate] is a good chance for people to hear from each candidate and make up their mind about the best choice for governor of Wyoming," Mead said.
"The debate is important because the qualifications among the three candidates are very different," Haynes said. "We have very different backgrounds and platforms, so it's important that the voters have the opportunity to see those platforms and evaluate the candidates' abilities to execute those platforms."
The debate will be available as a live-stream on our website, kcwy13.com, and will be broadcast on KCWY News 13 at 6 pm, Saturday 19th. The debate will also be available for viewing afterward on kcwy13.com and on trib.com.
The event will begin at 7 p.m., and attendees will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Campaign materials such as signs, posters and other candidate- or issue-related paraphernalia will not be permitted.
The GOP gubernatorial primary election is August 19th.