Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Pizza and Politics forums start Oct. 17

Events scheduled in Hailey, Ketchum, Bellevue and Sun Valley

Express Staff Writer

Candidates for office in Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley will present their platforms and answer questions from voters in a series of Pizza and Politics forums this month.

The events are the Wood River Valley's primary public, non-partisan election forums. For the 26th consecutive year, the Idaho Mountain Express is organizing and promoting the events as a public service. Express Publisher Pam Morris will moderate the meetings. Free pizza will be provided.

The Pizza and Politics forum in Hailey will be in the meeting room of the Old County Courthouse at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. Candidates for Hailey mayor are Rick Davis and Erin Dunn. Candidates for Hailey City Council are Fritz Haemmerle, Stefanie Marvel and Geoffrey Moore.

Ketchum City Council candidates will present their platforms at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Ketchum City Hall. Deborah Burns, Jay Emmer, Rich Fabiano, Mickey Garcia, Larry Helzel, Jeff Inman, Curtis Kemp and Greg Strong are running for the two open seats.

Bellevue Pizza and Politics will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the library of the Bellevue Elementary School. Candidates for the three City Council seats are Steve Fairbrother, Larry Plott, Josh Rand and Gene Ramsey.

Finally, the Sun Valley candidates will face off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge. Sun Valley Co. has generously provided the lodge as a venue. This year, voters will be casting votes for mayor as well as two council seats. The mayoral candidates are sitting Mayor John Thorson and contender Wayne Willich. Running for a four-year council seat are Blair Boand, Joan Lamb and Dewayne Brisco. Vying for the two-year term to finish out retired Councilwoman Ann Agnew's term are Dave Chase and Milt Adam.

The public is invited to meet the candidates, ask questions and partake of a variety of pizzas donated by Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pizza Inc.

Each event will run between one and two hours.

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