Candidates to debate in forums
With the interest in the upcoming Baldwin City Council and mayoral races, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a pair of public forums to help inform residents about candidates and the issues.
The first, for the four people seeking the mayor's position, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Baldwin Junior High School auditorium. The city council forum will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 at the BJHS auditorium.
Brenda Day, chamber of commerce president, said the reasons for the public forum are simple.
"Mostly we want to inform and educate the public regarding the candidates' position," said Day. "After the presidential election, I want and I think everyone wants, their voice and vote to be heard.
"I think with 13 candidates, there is definitely a need for the candidates to speak their mind and the public to have a chance to ask questions," she said. "This gives the public a chance to participate in the political process."
The format will consist of Day as the moderator, who will take questions from the audience and ask them of the candidates. The candidates will have two minutes to make their response, followed by a 60-second rebuttal period. Each candidate will also have two minutes to make a closing statement. There is only one other item to the format.
"As moderator, I do have the option to question the candidates further," Day said.
The chamber has sent out invitations for the mayoral forum, although Michael C. Green filed late and hasn't been invited yet. But, he will. The other candidates, incumbent Stan Krysztof, Ken Hayes and Slade Dillon, have been notified.
"We've heard from two of three candidates with RSVPs," she said. "I have not heard from Mayor Krysztof yet, but I expect his response any day."
The city council candidates will be invited soon, she said.