Archive for Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Mayor forum changed

January 31, 2001

The location and format of the public forum of mayor candidates has been changed, and all four candidates have said they will be there.

The forum of mayor candidates will be from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Baldwin Junior High School auditorium not the American Legion Hall, as originally planned. A forum for Baldwin City Council candidates will be 7-9 p.m. Feb. 15 at the same location. The forums are sponsored by the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber officials decided the American Legion Hall was too small for the forum. Chamber president Brenda Day said the junior high auditorium will be more suitable for the crowd that is expected.

Incumbent Stan Krysztof, Slade Dillon, Michael C. Green and Ken Hayes have confirmed they will participate in the forum.

Chamber vice president Peach Madl said the chamber board decided last week to change the debate-style format. Candidates were to be asked questions from the audience, given two minutes to make a response, followed by a 60-second rebuttal period.

Madl said because of the number of candidates and the amount of questions the audience might generate, that eight questions will be chosen in advance of the forum and each candidate will be allowed two minutes to answer. There will not be a rebuttal period.

"I think all the candidates will feel more comfortable," Madl said. "It is just speaking about the issues. Each candidate will have the opportunity to answer."

Madl said the forum for city council candidates will probably be organized in the same way. She said the purpose of the forums remains the same "to offer the residents an opportunity to meet and hear some of the candidates."

Although the questions to be asked of the mayor candidates will be chosen prior to the forum, Madl encourages the public to participate. Any questions about issues may be dropped off at the chamber office, located at Eighth and High streets, before noon on Thursday. The questions will be selected by the chamber board.

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