2017 Governor's Forum
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Main Auditorium, Barber Center, Randall University Campus (directions)
Randall University is sponsoring a candidate forum for the announced 2018 candidates for governor of Oklahoma. The event will be held in the main auditorium of the Barber Center on the campus of Randall University in Moore, from 7-9 p.m., on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Candidates will give opening statements and then will answer questions from the audience, submitted in writing on cards, distributed during the event. The forum is free and open to the public, and advance registration is not required. However, please note that seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The following candidates have been invited, and have indicated that they will be attending: For the Democrats, in alphabetical order, former Attorney General Drew Edmondson; state representative Scott Inman; and state senator Connie Johnson. For the Republicans, in alphabetical order, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett; former state Representative Dan Fisher; State Auditor Gary Jones; Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb; and former federal attorney Gary Richardson. Learn more about each of these candidates on our Candidate Page.
On September 28, 2017, Steve Byas, Instructor of History and Government at Randall University and organizer of the Governor's Forum issued the following press release:
Randall University will host a candidate forum for the candidates for governor of Oklahoma on Tuesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, in the Barber Building’s main auditorium. Randall University is located at 3701 South I-35 Service Road in Moore, Oklahoma. The event is free, and the public is invited.
“Randall University is staging this event as a public service, and does not, as an institution, support or oppose any particular candidate for governor of Oklahoma,” said Steve Byas, history and government professor at Randall. “Democrat, Republican, and Libertarian candidates for governor have all been invited to attend, and we have had a very favorable response.”
Candidates will be asked to give a two-minute opening statement, and a two-minute closing statement. Questions will come from the audience via note cards, which will then be given to a panel. The panel will screen the questions so as to avoid repetitious questions, “gotcha” questions, or questions targeting any particular candidate. The moderator will not pick the questions, but will rather ask the questions as they are selected by the bipartisan panel.“The event is not designed to play ‘gotcha,’ but rather to allow the candidates to introduce themselves to the voters, and explain their platforms,” Byas added.
Randall University is formerly Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, but underwent a name change to better reflect its expanded academic offerings. It remains a Free Will Baptist College, named for Benjamin Randall, a leader in the founding of the denomination.