KIOGA, FHSU will present public forum of candidates for Kansas governor

HAYS, KS -- The 2002 campaign for governor is off to a confusing start with the recent withdrawal of presumed GOP frontrunner Carla Stovall, but Fort Hays State University and the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association are going to bring some clarity to the situation.

A public forum of gubernatorial candidates will be held in conjunction with the KIOGA Mid-Year Meeting on May 9 in Hays.

The "Candidate for Governor Forum" is scheduled for 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, in the Fort Hays Ballroom at FHSU's Memorial Union. Public parking is available in the parking lot immediately west of the Memorial Union.

Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, will serve as moderator for the forum. The public is welcome, and members of the audience will be allowed to ask questions of the candidates.

"Fort Hays State University has a long tradition of welcoming partnerships with private industry to make education more accessible for Kansans," President Hammond said. "We are extremely pleased to work with KIOGA, the state's organization of independent oil and gas producers, service companies, and suppliers to the oil and gas industry, to present this valuable public service. The office of governor has never been more critical than during this time of severe budget shortages. This forum by Fort Hays State and KIOGA may be the first opportunity for the citizens of Kansas to become educated about the individuals seeking to occupy the highest position of leadership in the state."

All of the announced candidates for the office of governor have been invited to the forum.

Registration for the KIOGA Mid-Year Meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at Midwestern Pipeworks, 315 W. 55th. The forum for gubernatorial candidates will begin at 2:30 at the university, followed at 4:15 p.m. by the KIOGA Legislative Update & KIOGA Committee Reports. Members of KIOGA will conclude the first day of their meeting with a reception and tours from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at FHSU's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

The two-day meeting concludes Friday, May 10, with a golf tournament for KIOGA members and guests at the Smoky Hill Country Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. A special program for spouses has also been planned in conjunction with the KIOGA meeting.

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