As the November election approaches, several candidate forums are scheduled to help educate voters.
The first forum will take the form of a debate and feature House District 71 candidates Independent Kim Miller and Republican Ray Shaw, along with Sen. Debby Barrett, R-Dillon, and her challenger, Democrat Richard Turner, who are competing for the Senate District 36 seat.
The debate will be held at the Virginia City Community Center next Monday, Oct. 1. The evening with start at 5 p.m. with an informal candidate reception hosted by Ruby Valley and First Madison Valley Banks. The reception will include finger foods and refreshments.
The debate will start at 6 p.m. and will be moderated by Greg Lemon, editor of The Madisonian.
A second debate will be held Oct. 8 at the Alder Fire Hall and feature Madison County Commission District 1 candidates – incumbent Dave Schulz and challenger Ken Yecny, both from Sheridan.
The debate will begin at 7 p.m. and again be sponsored by The Madisonian and moderated by Lemon.
On Oct. 10, the Twin Bridges Rotary Club will be hosting a candidate forum at the Montana Room in the Twin Bridges High School. The forum will feature Miller, Shaw, Barrett and Turner, along with Schulz and Yecny.
The rotary club will present the candidates questions prior to the forum, as well as take questions from the audience. This forum will start at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Frank Colwell at 596-1076.
On Oct. 11 another candidate forum will be held at the LaHood Steakhouse and Tavern outside of Cardwell and be sponsored by the Lower Jefferson River Watershed Council.
This forum will feature HD 71 candidates Shaw, Miller along with Don Lepinsky, a write-in candidate from Whitehall. It will also feature SD 36 candidates Barrett and Turner. The forum will also include HD 77 candidates Adam Lythgoe and Kirk Wagoner.
The forum will begin with introductions at 7 p.m. and each candidate will have about eight minutes to make their pitch.
For more information on the LaHood forum, call Bob Sims, Lower Jefferson River Watershed Council director at 287-5117.
For questions about the forums or debates, call The Madisonian at 682-7755