Presidential-style mayoral debate Tuesday

Event sponsored by King Kekaulike National Honor Society, Maui News

Elle Cochran

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 Tuesday 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 mauinow.com; and Chivo Ching-Johnson, director of government access for Akaku Maui Community Media.

King Kekaulike student Bianca Vasquez also will ask questions of the candidates.

Mike Victorino

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

The format of the debate, patterned after one of the presidential debates 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 speak for one minute.

The cycle then continues for the next candidate.

Akaku Maui Community Media, cable Channel 54, will be televising the debate live.

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