If you go
› What: The Times Free Press Gubernatorial Forum
› When: June 25 from 6-8 p.m.
› Where: The Tennessee Room in the University Center at UTC, 642 East 5th Street, Chattanooga.
› Parking: available in the 5th Street garage.
› To register: www.eventbrite.com and place “Times Free Press Gubernatorial Forum” in the search field.
Candidates seeking to be the next governor of Tennessee will discuss key issues for the state at a forum hosted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
The Times Free Press Gubernatorial Forum will take place June 25 from 6-8 p.m. in the University Center at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The event is free of charge, but requires registration because seating is limited.
Following a 90-minute forum discussion moderated by Business Editor Dave Flessner and Government Reporter Judy Walton, there will be a 30-minute meet and greet with the candidates.
Participating candidates include Republicans Randy Boyd, former Tennessee Economic and Community Development commissioner, and businessman Bill Lee and Democrats Karl Dean, former mayor of Nashville, and state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh. Republican Beth Harwell, speaker of the Tennessee House, will not attend. U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., is invited but has not responded.
Early voting begins July 13 for the primary election, which will be held on Aug. 2.
"We are happy to give Southeast Tennessee residents an opportunity to hear from and meet the leading candidates for governor," said Jeff DeLoach, president of the Times Free Press. "I'm very proud of our team at the Times Free Press for bringing this forum to our region of the state."
People will be able to suggest questions in advance of the forum by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or posting them on Twitter with the hashtag #TFPforum or on the newspaper's Facebook page.
Free parking available in the 5th Street garage.