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Candidates To Debate At The Kansas State Fair

If you want to hear some candidates in this fall's elections speak for themselves and spar against their opponents, there is an opportunity tomorrow at the Kansas State Fair.

The fair in Hutchinson along with WIBW radio is hosting a gubernatorial debate between incumbent Governor Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Paul Davis at 10:00 a.m.

At 11:00 a.m., the fair is hosting a senatorial candidate debate between incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts and independent candidate Greg Orman.

WIBW Farm Director Kelly Lenz says that Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor is "highly unlikely" to be at the debate, though his station has not yet heard the official word from Taylor's campaign.

Lenz says he's been moderating the gubernatorial debates at the state fair for around 40 years, and it's "a pretty lively event."

All debates are being held at Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena.

Click here to see the complete daily schedule for the fair.

When she's not out making lattes in her mobile coffee bus Sunflower Espresso, Kate Hutchens is a fill-in host for KMUW. She has worked in broadcast journalism at KFDI, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and at KMUW as Morning Edition host, which she did until March 2017.