As some of you may know, I launched Hardin Local a couple years ago.  Over the past couple years we have grown Hardin Local’s audience significantly.  We have over 20k local followers on social media and via our email list.    Over the past few  months, we have been providing local candidates one free video interview so our audience can get to know who they may or may not vote for this year.

Some of you may also know I am running for city council.   It is a decision I made months ago, I never thought running for a local city council seat would harm our ability to help you stay in the know.  What? Let me explain.

I have been trying to organize a live-streamed, town hall debate between Ben LaRue and Jeff Gregory for Mayor of Elizabethtown for the past couple months.  Why?  To help our followers choose who to vote for Mayor.  Hardin Local is not taking sides in this race as our goal is to stay impartial whenever possible.

Jeff Gregory has agreed to the debate.  Ben LaRue has not agreed to the debate.   Ben’s campaign asked us to create a debate format, then ignored our request once it was completed.  We have now been told that Ben will not participate in the debate.  Why would someone running for Mayor not want to debate their opponent in front of one of the largest local audiences in the area?

The debate format is fair.  We have offered both candidates the opportunity to help us pick the debate moderator.  We have gone out of our way to ensure this debate happens, for now the debate is canceled.  We will let you know if we are able to reschedule the debate prior to the election.

The reason we were given for Ben LaRue not participating in the debate is because I, Phil Taul, am running for city council…   Does that make sense? I don’t think so do you?

In the meantime, the Young Professionals are hosting a mayoral forum next week at State Theater, hope to see you there.


Related Event You Should Attend – (This event is not canceled it is simply an event related to this topic, and a suggestion to attend)

Elizabethtown Mayoral Forum – Young Professionals Network of Hardin County

  • Thursday, September 20 at 6 PM – 8 PM
  • The Historic State Theater – 209 West Dixie Ave, 42701

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  1. Jessi Gowen

    Though it is mentioned in the last sentence of this article, the Young Professionals Network wants to make sure that everyone knows that the Elizabethtown Mayoral Forum, held on September 20 at the Historic State Theater Complex at 6 p.m., is NOT canceled. Please join us!

    1. Phil Taul Listing Owner

      Thanks for clarifying! We updated our Facebook post to ensure everyone knows the forum was not the subject in this article.