CASPER, Wyo. — Voters are invited to the 2014 Wyoming GOP gubernatorial debate Tuesday at Casper College.
Republican candidates Gov. Matt Mead and Taylor Haynes will answer questions important to the state ahead of the Aug. 19 primary.
The debate will be in the Wheeler Concert Hall, located in the music building, at the intersection of Casper Mountain Road and Campus Drive.
Doors open 30 minutes before the 7 p.m. debate. The public can claim seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Campaign materials will be prohibited.
The college, KCWY News 13 and the Casper Star-Tribune are sponsoring the event.
Candidates will make short opening and closing statements. The Star-Tribune editorial board, the KCWY news team, readers of the Star-Tribune and viewers of KCWY’s news broadcasts formulated the questions for the candidates.
“Some voters will have their first exposure to the candidates through the debate and will form general assessments of the candidates,” said Jim King, a University of Wyoming political science professor.
For others, the debate will reinforce their assessments of the candidates, he said.
GOP candidate Cindy Hill, the current superintendent of public instruction, declined to attend.
Voters unable to attend the debate can watch it on trib.com beginning Wednesday evening. They can also watch it on KCWY at 7 p.m. Saturday or a live stream on the KCWY website.