Get informed at candidate forum April 28

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By Kristin Beck

Want to learn more about who is running locally for political office before the May 20 primary election?

The Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will host a “Meet the Candidates” event at 6 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Carroll County Middle School auditorium.

All 32 candidates, opposed and unopposed, have been invited. As of Tuesday afternoon, only five have accepted the invitation. The candidates’ deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 18.

The purpose of the event is to give the Carroll County candidates running for county offices an opportunity to address the community prior to the May 20 primary.

“There is a lot of interest in the community and in the public for, not just the county judge’s race, but all of the races,” Chamber President Mark Smith said. “The chamber was happy to partner with Cattlemen’s to bring this event to the public so they can get the opportunity to see and hear from the candidates on what they could bring to each office.”

Both organizations hope the event will help local voters.

“We thought it would be helpful to the community to meetwith the candidates and hear them state their positions and why they wanted to run,” Cattlemen’s President Joe Raisor said.

Each candidate will have two minutes to answer each of the following three questions:

• What inspired you to run for your office, and what qualities do you bring to the position?

• If elected, what are the three most important issues you would focus on?

• How do you envision Carroll County in four years? Ten years? Twenty-five years?

The candidates received these questions ahead of time in their invitation letter.

The order of the offices and the candidates will be determined by a random number generator after all the candidates have RSVP’d Friday, Carroll County Extension Agent Christin Herbst said. Then, the candidates will be notified of their speaking times.

Grant County News Editor Jamie Baker-Nantz will moderate the event, Herbst said.

Smith said the public will not be able to ask questions during the event. However, once the candidates in each office are finished speaking, they will be available to take questions in the hallway.

“I think this provides a good venue for all the candidates to show up and have an equal opportunity to address the voting public,” he said.