Paducah, KY - The Clemens Fine Arts Center on the WKCTC campus was the place for Paducah’s mayoral candidate debate this past Thursday. A local non-profit, Project Speak Life hosted the event that was a closed to the public due to COVID-19.
The three candidates running for mayor are City Commissioner Richard Abraham, Paducah Businessman George Bray and write-in candidate Duyuan Thomas. Questions were asked by George Ross, a local business owner and W.C. Young Community Center board member, Anne Bidwell, community impact manager for United Way of Paducah-McCracken County, and Jeff Parker, McCracken County Commissioner and business owner.
Topics included improving relationships with small businesses, expanding relations with the Latino population, support for non-profit organizations, annexations and city and county shared agreements and others.
Bidwell asked the three candidates if elected, where they believed they would have the greatest impact on the community in areas such as education, employment and health and wellness.
Abraham said, “motivating.” Abraham believed health issues was where he excelled. Along with his role as one of the city commissioners of Paducah, he’s a fitness trainer. He believes he would have the ability to go to the best health care providers across the country and promote Paducah.
Thomas answered by stating that he would excel among the African American community. He would like to be a leader that gets out and talks and walks with residents to find out their needs.
Bray said he believes that all three areas are important and when it comes to hospitals, Paducah has two of the best. He believes he would have an impact on the school systems as well. The area he believes he would excel is building a better workforce with better paying jobs.
Taxes were brought up in the debate, however, no one really wanted to commit to this topic.
There are plans for future debates. If you would like to watch the debate, it is running on WPSD’s Facebook page.