After posting my story, I heard from one of the candidates, asking if I knew that Planned Parenthood was a host, I can’t recall if that stuck out to me, but after checking the event page, indeed they are.
Additional Event Hosts:
Knoxville Branch NAACPKnoxville Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta SororityCentro HispanoPlanned Parenthood of TN and N. MSThe Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy at UTK YWCA of Knoxville and TN Valley
The candidate said, “that is why this Pro-Life candidate will not participate”. Ok, I got y’all the answer from at least one.