Join the Lexington Forum on October 6th for an update on what is happening in Kentucky politics on BOTH sides of the aisle.  We welcome Tres Watson and Jared Smith for a frank discussion of the current political climate and the upcoming elections we need to know about.  Bob Babbage will moderate the discussion – you don’t want to miss this!

Downtown Lexington

Registration starts at 7:00am
Programming begins 7:30am

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Bob Babbage-Moderator
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Jared Smith – Partner with Piper-Smith

Jared Smith brings over 20 years of experience in politics and strategy. He specializes in campaign development and deployment, including political and strategic issue campaigns. Jared has consulted on over 50 elections, three independent expenditures, and a successful ballot initiative. Jared has also been a full-time staffer for five statewide campaigns and has served as a political and finance director for a state party.

Jared holds a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Kentucky, a film degree from the New York Film Academy, and a Master's in Diplomacy from Norwich University.

Tres Watson - Founder of Capital Reins PR

Tres Watson has nearly two decades years of experience in the political arena and has won at every level of politics.  Tres founded Capitol Reins PR in 2019 as a full-service public relations, public affairs, crisis management, and political consulting firm. Prior to starting Capitol Reins, Tres spent three years as Communications Director for the Republican Party of Kentucky.  He acted as the primary on-the-record spokesman for the party and guided the party’s communication and messaging strategy and training. Tres went on to spend the next six years working for Peritus Public Relations and then as a senior consultant for RunSwitchPR. 

Tres also hosts the podcast Kentucky Politics Weekly.

Tres is a 2002 graduate of Centre College and lives in Lexington, KY with his wife and two sons.


About The Lexington Forum

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We strive to bring differing points of view to the table, as we know that it takes more than one to make a point. 

We believe in on open platform where discussion can move to a deeper level. 

We know that together, nothing is impossible. 


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Where & When We Meet



249 East Main Street

Suite 150

Lexington, KY 40507

First Thursday of every month

7:30 am