City readies for election
The next few days will be important for Baldwin and the candidates running for city and school positions.
The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring candidate forums for both the Baldwin City Council and Baldwin Board of Education this week, just a few days before Tuesday's election.
The city council candidate forum will be at 7 p.m. today in the audio visual room at Owens Musical Arts Building on the Baker University Campus, Eighth and Dearborn streets. Five candidates, Nancy Brown, Robert Myers, Steve Pierce and incumbents Ted Brecheisen and Todd Cohen, are hoping to fill three vacant city council positions.
The school board candidate forum will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, also in the audio visual room at Owens. Seven candidates are vying for four school board vacancies. Eugene Kivett and incumbent Alison Bauer are squaring off for position No. 1 in District 1. Blaine Cone is running unopposed for position No. 3 in District 3. Write-in candidate Betty Bullock is challenging Stacy Cohen for position No. 6 in District 3. Incumbent Curtis Trarbach will battle Scott Lauridsen for the at-large position.
This year's candidate forums' format will be similar to the city council forum two years ago.
Each candidate will give an opening statement, followed by a timed question and answer session and then a closing statement.
Questions will not be taken from the audience the nights of the forums. Instead, the candidates will answer a selection of questions taken from ones submitted to the chamber prior to the forums.
Polls for Tuesday's election will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those wanting to vote for a write-in candidate need to spell the candidate's name correctly for the vote to be valid.