State House election debate postponed

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Republican candidate campaigning for the state House seat representing Marshall County won't be able to participate in the Marshall County Tribune's political debate at Marshall County High School on Monday because of a death in his family.

Former Marshall County Commission Chairman Billy Spivey is to be a pallbearer at 2 p.m. in Eddyville, Ky., during the funeral of Lonnie Dee Hill, 74, of Eddyville. Hill was the grandfather of Spivey's wife, Kim. Hill died Friday morning at Hilltop Nursing Home in Eddyville, Ky., following a long illness.

Calls and an email have been sent to state Rep. Eddie Bass (D-Prospect) about Hill's death and the prospective rescheduling of the 5:30 p.m. debate at MCHS. Former Spring Hill Alderman Ted Roop, the Independent candidate in the race, has agreed to be available for a rescheduled debate.

"I don't know of anything else that I wouldn't be willing to reschedule," Spivey said.

The Marshall Tribune decided to postpone the state House debate, but it will continue with the state Senate debate as planned, although it will start early and there is more time for that event featuring Columbia City Councilman Debbie Matthews' challenge to state Sen. Bill Ketron's bid for re-election.

When the Tribune started looking for a venue for the House and Senate debates, events at MCHS restricted the dates available at MCHS. As a result, it's possible that the House debate could be in a different building.