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Senate Candidate to Debate at NKU

Update: Due to a technical error, an earlier version of this article cut off after a quote from Roberts, leaving out a quote from Schroder and other details about the event. RCN apologizes for the technical error.

The candidates for state senate district 24 - which encompasses all of Campbell, Pendleton, and Bracken counties - will debate at Northern Kentucky University.

The event, sponsored by student newspaper The Northerner and the NKU Student Government Association is set for Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m.

It will be moderated by Pat Crowley, former political columnist and current partner at Strategic Advisers, and Sam Rosenstiel, editor-in-chief of The Northerner.

A panel of four constituents will also ask questions of the candidates.

Senator Wil Schroder (R-Wilder) is vying for his second term against Democratic challenger Rachel Roberts.

“NKU SGA is excited to host these candidates, the constituents, and most importantly host a discussion that engages in civil discourse,” said Matt Frey, debate organizer and student government vice president. “Civic engagement is immensely important. We look forward to seeing everyone out on Oct. 2.”

Roberts, a Northern Kentucky businesswoman and entrepenuer, looks forward to debating topics like pension, healthcare, and education.

“Like so many people I’ve spoken with, I’m exhausted by career politicians from legacy families who say they’re going to fix things and then do nothing. The corruption must end. Our economy has the need for a strong, educated, well-trained workforce and the path forward is through education. We need to get creative and community-focused if we’re going to dig in and deliver on solving the opioid epidemic. And we have to stop attacking public schools and teachers,” Roberts said.

Elected in 2014, Schroder is a public finance lawyer at Dinsmore and an alumnus of NKU and Chase College of Law. He looks forward to talking jobs, higher education and Kentucky families.

“From implementing pro-jobs policies to improving our foster care and adoption systems, this General Assembly has worked hard for Kentuckians. And personally, I’ve been proud to sponsor legislation defending women from pregnancy discrimination and ensuring students have a right to freedom of speech on college campuses. Kentucky’s families are better off now than they were four years ago thanks to record-low unemployment and rising wages. But there’s still work that needs to be done to ensure the future remains bright for our children and prosperous for our retired,” Schroder said.

The debate will run for ninety minutes at NKU’s Student Union Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and parking will be available in the Kenton Garage.

RSVP here.

Submit your questions for the candidates here.

The debate will be streamed on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/northernermedia starting at 6 p.m.

-Staff report