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The great un-debate: Send us your questions for Maddox and Ivey

2018 Virtual Forum

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, left, and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, both speaking at events in Anniston this summer. The Star is putting readers' questions to both candidates for governor in a "virtual forum." (Photo credits: Trent Penny/The Anniston Star, left, and Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)

The biggest debate in the 2018 Alabama governor’s race is whether to have a debate at all.

Democratic candidate Walt Maddox says he wants to face Republican Gov. Kay Ivey in a face-to-face forum before the Nov. 6 general election. Ivey has said she’s not interested in a matchup.

Alabama has been here before. Four years ago, when then-Gov. Robert Bentley faced Democratic challenger Parker Griffith, the incumbent governor declined invitations for televised debates.

While no one succeeded in getting the two candidates in the same room, The Star in 2014 held a “virtual forum,” asking readers what questions they’d like to ask, then posing those questions to both sides. You can see the result here.

This year, we’re again challenging candidates to respond to your questions. Submit your questions by email to or reply by Facebook, or on Twitter with the hashtag #ALvirtualforum. We’ll select some of the best to pose to Ivey and Maddox.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.