Hesston candidate forum tonight, Newton BOE forum next week

Hesstion Candidate Forum tonight

HESSTON—The Hesston community is gearing up for a chance to meet the candidates at the upcoming Hesston City Council and School Board Candidate Forum on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. at Hesston Public Library.

The event will also be streamed on the Hesston Public Library Facebook page.

Hesston’s candidate forum is a collaborative effort between Hesston Public Library and Harvey County Now newspaper, who share a commitment to promoting civic engagement, transparency and informed decision-making.

As a public library, our mission is to make sure information is accessible to our residents. This partnership is a great opportunity to invite more patrons to the library and make sure residents can feel empowered and informed as they head to the ballot box in just a couple weeks,” said Jackie Nelson, Hesston Public Library director.

This forum is important to the city’s democratic process, bringing together candidates and residents to answer questions regarding future of Hesston’s leadership and education.

With the local elections on Nov. 7, this forum gives candidates running for city council and school board positions the opportunity to present their visions, plans and strategies. Each candidate will have the opportunity to address critical issues facing our city, articulate their goals and respond to prepared questions from the moderator, as well as questions collected from the audience and asked by the moderator.

Newton BOE forum Oct. 25

NEWTON—The public is invited to ask questions and learn more about candidates seeking election to the Newton School Board.

The forum, featuring the candidates up for election, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the USD-373 District Office, 308 E First Street, on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

The event is hosted by Harvey County Now and the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce and will be moderated by HCN Managing Editor Adam Strunk.

Candidates will have a chance to address the audience as well as answer questions off the cuff posed by Strunk as well as submitted by those in attendance.

Eight community members are running for four seats up for election to the Newton Board of Education. Two incumbents, Mallory Morton and Melissa Schreiber, are seeking re-election. Two others, Luke Edwards and Matt Treaster, are not.

Other candidates include Michael Crist, Sara Getchell, Heidi Hoskinson, Ian Reid Anderson Long, Erica Stevens and Scott Zimmerman.

The general election takes place on Nov. 7.

Early voting in person begins Wednesday, Oct. 25. Ballots by mail will begin being sent out Wednesday, Oct. 18.

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