Blaine County candidates? forum set tonight
By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer
The U.S. presidency isn?t the only seat up for grabs this November, and the Idaho Mountain Express is sponsoring an event designed to engage local citizens with four candidates for two local offices.
Candidates for a District 25 seat in the Idaho House of Representatives and for Blaine County Sheriff will face off, present their platforms and answer questions from voters tonight, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Old Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey.
Local citizens are invited to meet the candidates and enjoy a variety of pizzas for the newspaper?s 20th Politics and Pizza local election forum. The event is expected to last about an hour.
Politics and Pizza is the Wood River Valley?s only public, non-partisan election forum. The Idaho Mountain Express is organizing and promoting it as a public service.
The Express will provide the pizza, and the evening will be moderated by Express Publisher Pam Morris.
?This election may see one of the largest turnouts the nation has ever seen, and voters need the chance to know the contenders for office at all levels of government,? Morris said.
Candidates in contested races have confirmed they will attend.
They will include Rep. Tim Ridinger, R-Shoshone, and challenger Donna Pence, D-Gooding, as well as Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling, R-Hailey, and challenger Jeff Gunter, D-Hailey.