Presidential-style mayoral debate Oct. 30

Event sponsored by The Maui News, King Kekaulike National Honor Society

Elle Cochran – County mayoral candidate

The Maui News

A presidential-style debate between Maui County mayoral candidates Elle Cochran and Mike Victorino, sponsored by The Maui News and the King Kekaulike National Honor Society, will be held Oct. 30 at the new King Kekaulike High School Performing Arts Center.

The event, titled “A Debate of Ideas with Mayoral Candidates Elle Cochran and Mike Victorino,” will be held from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m.

The public is invited. The event is free.

A nonpartisan panel of journalists will be posing questions to the candidates. The panel includes Brian Perry, city editor of The Maui News; Wendy Osher, news director of Pacific Media Group and; and Chivo Ching-Johnson, director of government access for Akaku Maui Community Media.

Mike Victorino – County mayoral candidate

There also will be a student questioner from the National Honor Society.

Kathy Collins, a Maui News columnist and freelance writer, will serve as moderator of the debate.

The format of the debate, patterned after one of the presidential debate styles, will have a journalist asking a question of one of the candidates, a two-minute response from the candidate; a follow-up question from the journalist; and a one-minute response from the candidate. Then, the other candidate may choose to chime in for one minute.

The cycle then continues for the next candidate.