Senators Lee, Salmans to debate Oct. 26 at FHSU as part of Smoky Hills' 'Kansas Candidates' program

State Sens. Janis Lee and Larry Salmans will debate in Fort Hays State University's Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.

The debate is sponsored by Smoky Hills Public Television and the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at FHSU. The debate will be aired live on Smoky Hills Public Television.

Due to the redistricting mandated by the 2002 Legislature, the two incumbents are running for the same seat, Kansas Senate District 36. Lee, D-Kensington, has represented the former District 36 since 1989 while Salmans, R-Hanston, has represented the former District 37 since 1997. The new district encompasses the counties of Ellis, Jewell (western half), Osborne, Mitchell, Pawnee, Phillips, Rush, Russell and Smith.

Following a traditional format, Dr. David Weiden, Docking Institute assistant director, will moderate the debate, and Patrick Lowry, Hays Daily News, and Larry Dreiling, High Plains Journal, will ask questions of the candidates.

This event is part of the ongoing "Kansas Candidates" program that Smoky Hills Public Television has aired throughout September and October. This program helps viewers become familiar with the candidates' positions on issues of concern in the November election.

The Lee-Salmans debate will take place in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus. It begins at 8 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

No advance tickets are necessary. For more information contact Casey Rackaway, special events coordinator for the Docking Institute, at (785) 628-5233.

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