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2 candidate forums planned by local organizations

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP and Saline County League of Women Voters are hosting two candidate forums in preparation for the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election, according to a news release from the local NAACP.

A forum for candidates running for Saline County office will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Wood & Huston Community Room on the north side of the Marshall square.

A forum for candidates seeking election as state representative and state senate will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Marshall Municipal Court building, 5 E. Eastwood St.

This event, funded by the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP, is an opportunity for the public to meet candidates for public office whose name will appear on the ballot in the general election.

The Candidate Forum is endorsed by the chairmen of the Saline County Democrat and Republican Central Committees and in partnership with the League of Women Voters.

This forum will be conducted according to the guidelines of the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP.

Statements and responses to questions will be timed, and screeners will review all written questions submitted from the audience.

A table will be provided for candidate literature or handouts. No campaign signs will be in the room.

In the Oct. 11 forum, the format will include a 2 1/2-minute opening statement from each candidate.

For contested races, the candidates will have one minute to answer each question and a 2 1/2-minute closing statement.

All questions asked during the forum will be screened for fairness and subject matter.

Candidates will be seated alphabetically and by the office they seek.

Moderators for this event are Ken Lewellen, KMMO Radio, and Eric Crump, Marshall Democrat-News.

The Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP does not endorse any candidates for office. All appropriate candidates for Saline County offices have been invited in order to provide a fair and equal forum for the candidates to speak to the voters.

The NAACP is interested in providing an open forum for the candidates to address the people they represent.



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