Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Candidates face off at SV forum tonight

Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley City Council Candidates will present their platforms and field questions from the media and the public in a Pizza and Politics forum tonight at 6:00 at Sun Valley City Hall.

The public is invited to meet the candidates and partake of a variety of pizzas. The event runs approximately two hours.

Sponsored for the 23rd consecutive year by the Idaho Mountain Express, the event is the valley's only public non-partisan election forum. Express publisher Pam Morris will moderate the proceedings.

Sun Valley's Nov. 8 municipal election ballot lists five candidates vying for two open seats on the City Council. The candidates are the two incumbents, Ann Agnew and Kevin Laird, and three challengers: Nils Ribi, chairman of the Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commission; Dan Pincetich, a former Sun Valley city administrator, and Milt Adam, a political activist who is making his third attempt to gain a city council seat. The candidates have all confirmed they will attend the forum.

Sun Valley returns to an open-seat election system for City Council, after a special election decided the matter in May. Under the open-seat election system, all council candidates run against each other, competing for the same number of open seats. Those candidates who receive the most votes gain the seats up for consideration.

Previously, Sun Valley operated under a designated-seat election format, which asked the electorate to vote for candidates vying in individual races to fill two specific, numbered seats on the council.

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