Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2007

Candidate forums set for city, board

February 8, 2007

Candidate forums for the upcoming primary elections for Baldwin City Council and Baldwin School board are set.

Ivan Huntoon, vice president of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, heard from the last of the candidates over the weekend. The city council forum will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the audiovisual room at Baker University's Owens Hall. The school board forum will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the same room at Owens.

"Everybody is in," said Huntoon in regards to the candidates. "We're headed in the right direction."

When the forums were first announced Thursday, 75 percent of the candidates had indicated they'd be able to attend. Huntoon heard from the final two candidates over the weekend.

For Monday's city council forum, incumbents Nancy Brown, Tony Brown and Ted Brecheisen Jr. will be joined by four other candidates -- Jennifer Hayes, Jason Mock, Kenny Niehoff and Ken Wagner. Of the seven candidates, six will go on from the primary to the general election April 3. There are three openings.

For next Thursday's school board forum, only the four candidates seeking the No. 7 at-large position will be on hand. They are Teresa Arnold, Doug Mead, Joshua Mihesuah and Dave Wagner. Two of the four will advance from the primary to the general election. Three incumbents, Alison Bauer, Blaine Cone and Scott Lauridsen, are running unopposed.

Huntoon said there are still details being worked out for the forums, such as who will be moderating them.

"I talked to someone at Baker about someone who has experience in moderating," he said. "Either they can do it or I can."

He also said that anyone wanting to submit questions for the forum should do so by dropping them off at the chamber office by Friday. That way the candidates will have a chance to view the questions.

Also, next week the Signal will begin publishing the answers from candidates from a questionnaire sent out last week. Those questionnaires are due by Friday and the Signal has received several of them already. Those profiles will also be available online at www.baldwincity.com for the duration of the election.

Once the primary elections are over, the chamber will decide if another series of forums is necessary in March ahead of the general election. The school board forum for that one would include the three incumbents who are running unopposed, in addition to the two candidates that advance from the primary for the No. 7 position.

"I think that's something we can do," said Huntoon of a second round of forums. "Hopefully, the turnout for the first forums would warrant the second forums."

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