Several candidates will be put to the test Tuesday, during a political forum in which they will be granted both an open platform and a chance to answer the community’s most probing questions.

Sharon Benge, president of the London-Laurel County Chamber of Commerce, said her organization chose to host the event as a means to help voters “make a more informed choice.”

“We just want to have people be informed on the issues that will affect their city and county,” she said.

“We want to encourage everybody to attend — we need more people involved in the political process,” Benge said.

The forum will feature Laurel County judge-executive candidates Lawrence Kuhl (incumbent) and Gene Huff and London mayor candidates Ken Smith (incumbent) and Troy Rudder.

Kuhl represents Laurel County’s Democratic Party, while Huff is riding the Republican ticket. The mayor’s race is non-partisan.

The forum will open with three-minute speeches from each of the featured candidates. During this time the candidates are given free reign, Benge explained.

Speeches will be followed by three questions submitted and selected by the chamber’s board of directors. The individual candidates, who will not be given the questions beforehand, have one minute to answer each query.

While they will not rebut each other’s answers, a two-minute closing will be granted each candidate following the interview session.

Mike Fiechter is set to moderate. All four candidates have confirmed their attendance.

The forum kicks off at 11:45 a.m. Oct. 31 and is expected to wrap up around 1. It will be held at the London Country Club.

The only cost is a $5 lunch including what Benge termed all-American favorites — hot dogs and apple pie. The forum is open to the public, and those political candidates present will be introduced.

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