Archive for Thursday, February 24, 2005

One forum is set as vote nears

February 24, 2005

As next week's primary election looms at least one candidate forum has been set, but another remains in limbo.

Tuesday's primary pits six candidates for position No. 4 on the Baldwin School Board. The top two vote getters advance to the April 5 general election where two other school board positions will be voted on and a fourth unopposed position candidate is likely to be elected.

The Baker University political science department will sponsor a candidate forum for Baldwin City Council and mayor candidates on March 29. There will be six candidates for four positions there.

But, the Baker department is not sponsoring a forum for school board candidates. The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, which has sponsored forums in the past, is likely to pick that project back up. The Chamber had deferred to the Baker group on the forums.

Jason Krebs, a Baker student who is organizing the forum, said they had approached the Chamber about doing it.

"What basically is going to happen is we're going to take that from them and run with it," said Krebs.

They ran with the council/mayor forum, but decided not to get involved with the school board race. The Baker forum will at 8 p.m. March 29 in the Baker cafeteria.

Tuesday's primary for school board position No. 4 will choose two people from the cast of Toby Ebel, Nathan Feldt, Doug Mead, incumbent Chip Hornberger, Ruth Barkley and Barbara Tucker to advance. The Signal ran profiles on four of the candidates last week and Hornberger's is on page A-6 of today's Signal. Tucker, after initially responding, hasn't replied to numerous attempts to contact her.

Also included in this week's Signal is the profile on Bill Busby, who is running unopposed for School Board position No. 5. All profiles will be available online at the Signal's Web site,

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