Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Luna To Lead Highlands Debate Task Force

Bob Luna, senior partner of Luna and Birdwell Investment Group has been chosen to lead the Highlands Town Hall Debate 2010 Task Force. As chairman, Luna and the task force will have the responsibility of planning the first-ever televised General Election gubernatorial debate held outside of a major-metro area in Tennessee history. Luna is also current chairman of the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The Highlands – a regional public/private sector initiative between Overton, Putnam and White counties – is partnering with Tennessee Tech University, League of Women Voters of Tennessee and Nashville’s WTVF NewsChannel5 to produce Highlands Town Hall Debate 2010, the first non-partisan General Election debate for Tennessee’s 2010 gubernatorial election. The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has also joined as a sponsor of the debate. The town-hall-style debate, which will offer a unique focus on rural economic development, education and health care needs, will be held on Tuesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. CST. It will be broadcast statewide. The debate will take place in Bryan Fine Arts Building (Wattenbarger Auditorium) on Tennessee Tech University’s campus in Cookeville. Republican Bill Haslam and Democrat Mike McWherter will hear first-hand about the challenges facing rural and suburban voters.

“It is vitally important that our next governor hear the concerns of rural voters and formulate plans to address their challenges,” Luna said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this first-time event in the Highlands and what it means for the rural voter’s voice statewide.”

Luna encouraged those who want to be a part of the action to go to the debate Web site, http://www.highlandsdebate2010.com/, to submit questions by video or in written form. Video questions can also be submitted via YouTube.
“Remember that your questions must be on hometown issues – those mostly affecting rural and suburban areas of Tennessee,” Luna said.