Public asked to submit questions for BEI gubernatorial forum

Anyone interested in the state’s educational future will have the chance for several gubernatorial candidates to answer their questions during the Blount Education Initiative’s (BEI) upcoming community forum.

The event will be on Monday, Oct. 26, and will explore the topic, “Making Education Tennessee’s Top Priority: The Roles of State Government, Local Governments, and all Tennessee Citizens.”

WBIR will cover the event live from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on its 10News2 television channel and via live streaming at www.wbir.com. John Becker, an award-winning journalist who is the co-anchor of WBIR’s Action 10 News at 6 and 11 p.m. and the moderator of the station’s political roundtable “Inside Tennessee,” will serve as the forum moderator.

The forum - which is open to the public - will take place in the auditorium of William Blount High School at 219 County Farm Road. Anyone interested in personally attending the event should be seated by 6:50 p.m.

The public is encouraged to submit questions for the candidates by Thursday, Oct. 22, through BEI’s Web site, www.blounteducation.org, or to BEI Executive Director Bonny Millard at bonny@blounteducation.org. BEI welcomes questions that will stimulate a discussion about education’s strategic role in charting a path of future economic success for both the state and individual citizens versus dissecting the state’s policy and funding issues.

As of Oct. 9, the following gubernatorial candidates have committed to participate in the forum: Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (Republican); Former Tennessee House of Representatives Majority Leader Kim McMillan (Democrat); Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (Republican); U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp (Republican).

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