Friday, October 3, 2014

Bellevue candidates to discuss city issues

Express to host Pizza and Politics event Oct. 8

Express Staff Writer

Candidates vying for seats on the Bellevue City Council will talk about their campaigns and discuss issues at a Pizza and Politics forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Bellevue Elementary School cafeteria.

    Pizza and Politics provides an opportunity for the public and local media to learn about candidates’ political platforms and question them about their plans, if chosen for public office. The event is organized and sponsored by the Idaho Mountain Express.

    The Express will buy the pizza, but the public needs to bring their questions. Press and public attending should take note that questions cannot specifically address one candidate but must be answerable by all candidates. The event will last a maximum of 90 minutes.

     Incumbent Bellevue City Council members Larry Plott, Amber Avila and Barbara Patterson will face challenges from residents Craig Kennedy Wolfrom, James S. Stireman and Robert M. Leahy in the Tuesday, Nov. 4, city election. Chris Koch is running unopposed to keep his seat as mayor.

     The non-partisan Pizza and Politics forum will begin with introductory speeches given by each candidate. Then, reporters will be given a chance to ask questions, followed by questions from other audience members.

    Candidates will also be able to ask one question of their competitors. The events will end with 30-second closing statements from each political hopeful.          

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