Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2011

School board candidate forum set for Tuesday

March 17, 2011

All 10 Baldwn USD 348 Board of Education candidates will have their chance to introduce themselves and provide voters a overview of their goals should they be elected.

They will have that chance Tuesday at a candidate forum. It will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Junior High School auditorium. It will only include the school board candidates.

The Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, Baldwin City Economic Development Committee and Baker University Student Senate are sponsoring the candidate forum. Each candidate will provide basic information about themselves and answer pre-determined questions.

“It will be general questions about current topics and things going with the school district,” said Jay Randels, chamber of commerce president. “For example, the budget. It will also be a lot about them and their reasons for running and their qualifications. We’ll also ask them about their objectives and things like. It will be pretty general, but also give the voters an idea of what kind of platform they have and what their view of the future for the district to be.”

Because there are 10 candidates vying for four positions, time will be a factor Tuesday. The time limit will only allow for a few questions to each candidate. In preparation for this, the sponsors are asking the candidates to write out their answers before the forum.

Those answers will either be available for guests at the forum or possibly after the forum. Randels said they would like every candidate to answer each question, but he knows they won’t have time to answer them all at the forum.

“There is a large number of candidates and a short time to get it in,” he said. “People aren’t going to sit there for six hours. The questions they can’t answer, we’d like to have them write out their answers before the forum.”

A forum for the four Baldwin City Council candidates is being planned for March 29 at Baker University’s Mabee Hall room 100. A time has not been set for this event.

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