Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP Schedule of Candidate Forums -- County Officials and State Legislators
On Sept. 20 at the Martin Community Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Mar-Saline Branch of the NAACP is sponsoring a candidate forum for those seeking county positions and are facing opposition. The positions are Sherriff, Assessor, and Northern District Commissioner. The goal of the forum is for Saline County voters to meet and ask questions of those seeking office. Those running unopposed are welcome and will be given time to speak, but will not entertain questions.
The forum will include candidates for the positions of State Representative for District 51, and State Senator for District 21.
Ken Llewellyn, former news director at KMMO Radio, will be the moderator. Voters may write a question on cards given to them which are then passed to a screener. All questions asked during the forum will be screened for fairness and subject matter. Residents are encouraged to arrive early in order to write questions before the forum begins.
The format will include a 2.5 minute opening statement from each candidate. For contested races, the candidates will have one minute to answer each question and a 2.5 minute closing statement. Candidates will be seated alphabetically within the office they seek.
The NAACP strongly supports the Right to Vote and strives to educate the public on issues and candidates, a press release from the organization said.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, founded in 1909, is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are frontline advocates for civil rights, social justice and equal opportunity under law, the release stated.