PADUCAH— The Paducah McCracken County NAACP hosted a candidate forum for the nine candidates running for Paducah City Commission. The candidates include John “Buzz” Vontesmar, Mike Reed, Melinda Winchester, Lakilia Bedeau, Carol Gault, Robert Shy, Raynarldo Henderson, David Guess, and Sandra Wilson. Wilson is running for reelection.

Your vote will elect four of them to make up the next city commission. The Paducah-McCracken County NAACP held a public forum featuring eight of the nine candidates, Carol Gault couldn’t participate because she was sick. However, the pandemic meant it wasn’t a typical forum. It had to be held over Zoom, but still gave voters the opportunity to learn more about the candidates. The forum was moderated by WPSD Local 6’s Shamarria Morrison.

Candidates were asked a variety of questions ranging from how they would improve Paducah’s economy, to how they would improve diversity in the community to most importantly, how they’ll represent you.

“I’ve also waded in the water with the citizens that I will be serving,” said Robert Shy on the issues surrounding storm water infrastructure. “Again, my house as well has experienced some of the flooding problems that other people’s have.”