Connealy and Fortenberry to Square Off In Candidate Forum

AARP Nebraska, Channel 8 KLKN-TV in Lincoln and Channel 9 KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa will co-sponsor a televised forum with the major party candidates running for Nebraska’s first congressional district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Oct. 14 forum will be broadcast live on Channel 8 KLKN-TV at 7:00PM from the Embassy Suites Hotel, in Lincoln.

Participating in the candidate forum will be Republican candidate Jeff Fortenberry and Democratic candidate Matt Connealy. Channel 8 KLKN-TV news anchor Rod Fowler will moderate the forum which also include panelists Jane Monnich, KLIN-AM Radio in Lincoln; AARP Nebraska volunteer Patrick Henry of Lincoln; and Larry Wentz, news anchor at Channel 9 KCAU-TV in Sioux City.

Channel 8 KLKN-TV and Channel 9 KCAU-TV are excited to facilitate this live broadcast of the 1 St Congressional District Candidate Forum sponsored by AARP Nebraska, said KLKN General Manager Roger Moody. “As part of our “Vote 2004” commitment, we are going the extra mile to educate and inform voters in our communities on the candidates and their positions,” he said. KLKN news anchor Rod Fowler and KCAU news anchor Larry Wentz have been reporting on important issues to Nebraska voters for nearly two decades. Fowler and Wentz also have extensive reporting experience with the Iowa Presidential Caucuses, according to Will Meyl, Channel 9 KCAU-TV General Manager.

AARP is nonpartisan and does not own a political action committee, endorse political candidates, or contribute money to political parties or political candidates’ campaigns. AARP reaches out to voters to better acquaint them with the candidates running for public office and to raise voter awareness on issues that affect their lives, said AARP Nebraska State Director Connie Benjamin. “AARP Nebraska is pleased to be hosting this important event with Channel 8 KLKN-TV and Channel 9 KCAU-TV,” she said. “We want to provide voters information about the candidates’ positions on issues of concern to them, information that they can use in evaluating the candidates for office.”

The forum is free and open to the public. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude by 6:55 p.m. To reserve tickets, call AARP at 1-877-926-8300. Campaign banners, signs, handouts or other campaign paraphernalia will not be permitted during the televised event. For more information on AARP and AARP Nebraska, click on the link below.