The St. Louis and St. Charles County Republican Central Committees, in conjunction with FM NewsTalk 97.1 and Lindenwood University, will host a Governor’s Forum featuring the Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidates on April 24, at the university’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts.
The forum, which is free and open to the public, will feature all four of the Republican gubernatorial candidates: Catherine Hanaway, Eric Greitens, John Brunner and Peter D. Kinder.
Renee Artman, vice-chair of the St. Louis County Republican Central Committee and co-chair of the Governor’s Forum, said the forum would be very structured, with no opportunities for candidates to debate back and forth.
“All interaction will be done between the moderator and the candidates,” Artman said.
Artman said that the candidates will be given the opportunity to give opening and closing statements.
“During the forum, if the candidates have overstepped their bounds, they may lose the right to give their closing arguments,” Artman said.
The forum’s moderator will be Marc Cox, host of the Marc Cox Show on FM NewsTalk 97.1. Cox said this will be his first time moderating a gubernatorial forum, and added that he’s excited about the prospect.
“It’s not a debate in any sense of the word,” Cox said. “The goal is for it to be informational.
“I know the candidates have been traveling around the state, but for the St. Louis region, it’s one of the first opportunities for people to get a clear, concise idea of who they want to support in this primary.”
Candidates will be seated in four chairs in a random order. The first question will go to seat number one first, and then will be asked of seats 2-4. The next question will start with seat number 2, and so on.
The questions being asked of the candidates are coming straight from the voters, Artman said.
At the St. Charles and St. Louis County Republican Central Committees’ Lincoln/Reagan Days, attendees were requested to fill out a card and ask a question that they would like to go to the candidates.
The questions themselves are being kept secret until the forum starts, but Artman said they include questions on jobs, taxes and other issues important to the voters.
“I think this gets us down to what the voters are interested in finding out about,” Cox said. “The people who attend this forum and who listen on FM NewsTalk 97.1 are going to be hearing answers to the questions that they would ask if they were in front of the candidates.”
The forum will be broadcast live on 97.1 during Cox’s show, starting at 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and the forum begins at 7 p.m. The forum is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP by picking up tickets from Lindenwood University, Artman said. Tickets can be reserved by calling (636) 949-4433. The J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts is located at 2300 W. Clay Street in St. Charles.