Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Express to host 27th annual political forum

Candidates for Legislature, sheriff, city council and County Commission to square off


Political candidates for Bellevue City Council, Blaine County Commission, Blaine County sheriff and Idaho state representative for District 25 will present platforms and answer questions from voters in two Pizza and Politics forums this October.

The event is the Wood River Valley's only public, non-partisan election forum, and for the 27th year the Idaho Mountain Express is organizing and promoting it as a public service. The newspaper and Smoky Mountain Pizza will provide the pizza. Express Publisher Pam Morris will moderate the discussions.

The candidates forum in Bellevue will be Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Bellevue City Hall. The candidates for three seats on the City Council are Tammy Eaton, Brett Gelskey, Chris Koch and Shaun Mahoney.

Another candidates forum will be held at the Old County Courthouse in Hailey on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Candidates for sheriff, county commissioner and state representative have been invited to square off.

Candidates include House Minority Leader Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, who is running against Jeff Faulkner, a Republican from Gooding; Sheriff Walt Femling and challenger Steve England; and County Commissioner Larry Schoen and challenger Dale Ewersen, competing to reresent southern Blaine County.

The public is invited to come to the forums and meet the candidates, ask them questions and partake of a variety of pizzas. The event will run about one hour in Bellevue and 90 minutes in Hailey. Questions from the public must be addressed in a manner so that all candidates can answer.

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