Posted: Wednesday, 27 August 2014 2:40PM

Hendricks Terminates Committment With Paper

On the same day the Kentucky New Era announced that pulled out as a sponsor for an upcoming mayoral debate, Carter Hendricks, the Republican candidate for Hopkinsville Mayor announced that he has ended his contract with the newspaper early. The New Era said a few days ago that it was joining Murray State University's Public Radio Station, WKMS, to sponsor the September 5th debate. In its Wednesday edition, New Era reported that despite consent from all three candidates participating in the debate, a letter from the Christian County Democratic Association Chairman, Jeff Taylor, expressed concerns on skewed coverage due to the business relationship between Hendricks and the New Era.

Taylor objected to the plan for a New Era reporter to be a moderator. The article says that following the letter from Taylor, Democratic candidate Joey Pendleton echoed some of the same concerns and the New Era staff decided that further involvement in the debate would be a distraction.

Hendricks began consulting for the New Era in the areas of marketing, circulation, and sales shortly after resigning as President of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce. He says the contract with the paper was set to continue through November but he decided to end it early.

Hendricks says it doesn't matter to him who is sponsoring, moderating, or participating in the any debate, as long as he gets a chance to get his ideas to the people of Hopkinsville.

WKMS will continue to sponsor the debate featuring Hendricks, Pendleton, and Independent candidate Walter Shamble. It will be held at noon September 5th at Murray State University's Hopkinsville campus.

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