As part of Insider Louisville’s coverage of the fall elections for governor and other statewide offices, our occasional contributor Perry Bacon Jr. is going to work on a project to develop a “citizens’ agenda” for Louisville and the state. 

The concept was developed by the New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen. His idea is to build a model of coverage around the issues citizens care about instead of just relying on news media coverage or politicians defining the issues. You can read about the citizens’ agenda model here.

Here’s where you come in. We want you to contact Perry ([email protected]) with your answers to the following question, What issues, topics, concerns do you want the candidates for statewide office to talk about (or talk about more)? In other words, if you bumped into one of the candidates on the street and had time to ask them a few questions, what would you ask them?

Insider will keep your individual responses anonymous but use them to develop an agenda of what citizens here in Louisville and around the state want to hear from the candidates for governor, agriculture commissioner, attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer. 

We will publicize the responses featuring about six issues and then cover the campaigns with that agenda front and center. We will try to get the candidates to address those issues directly, and in as many ways as possible. 

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At Insider Louisville, we dig deeper, ask more questions, and seek experts to add analysis and context to the issues that our readers – Louisville’s stakeholders – care about the most. Our mission is to inform these readers with impactful, public-service journalism so that they can help shape outcomes. Our goal is to raise the level of civic engagement in our communities and to be an indispensable source of information about local business, government, education, health, and culture.