The League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge will sponsor a candidate forum on Tuesday, October 16, at 7 p.m. in the Oak Ridge High School Amphitheater. Candidates running for Oak Ridge City Council and Oak Ridge Board of Education have been invited to participate, a press release said.
The five candidates for a four-year term on City Council are Kelly Callison, R.G. “Rick” Chinn Jr., Warren Gooch, Ellen D. Smith, and Timothy L. Stallings. Four council members will be elected. Derrick M. Hammond is the only candidate running to fill the unexpired two-year term left by Council member Hans Vogel when he resigned earlier this year.
The three candidates for a four-year term on the Oak Ridge Board of Education are Laura McLean, Benjamin J. Stephens, and Erin S. Webb. Three board members will be elected.
One of the candidates for City Council and all three candidates for the Board of Education are unopposed, but several of these candidates are new to Oak Ridge voters. To become better acquainted with the new candidates and reacquainted with the opinions of incumbents, we are inviting all candidates to give opening statements, answer questions from the audience and the moderator, and give closing statements, the press release said.
There will be time after the forum for greetings and informal discussions with the candidates, the press release said.
Oak Ridge High School is located at 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization for men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy, the press release said. The League neither supports nor opposes any candidate, party, or political appointee, the release said.
Before the forum, you can meet candidates for public office at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. The event, called “Popcorn and Politics,” will be at the Chamber from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, October 16. It’s hosted by the Chamber’s Advocacy Committee. It will give the community the opportunity to meet candidates running for office in the November 6 election, a press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Mary Uziel.
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