The League of Women Voters of Clallam County will sponsor five forums featuring candidates and issues appearing on the November 3 general election ballot.
The first forum will be on Wednesday, September 23, from 6pm to 8:30pm in the City Council Chambers at Sequim City Hall, 152 West Cedar Street, Sequim. This forum will consist of three panels: First will be candidates for Port Commissioner Connie Beauvais and Michael Breidenbach. The second panel is tentatively set to be a discussion of the proposed Sequim School District bond issue, but so far the League has been unable to identify a speaker to represent opposition to the measure. A representative of organized opposition to this measure is invited to contact Voter Services Committee Co-Chair Paula Barnes as soon as possible at 808-5876. The League of Women Voters will present this panel only if it includes speakers supporting and opposing this measure. The final panel will consist of the six candidates for three Sequim School Board positions: running for Director for District 1 are Robin Henrikson and Heather Jeffers; running for Director for District 3 are Jim Stoffer and Charla Wright, and vying for the at-large position are Heather Short and William Payne.
The second forum will be on Wednesday, September 30 from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Elwha Klallam Cultural Center, 401 East First Street, Port Angeles. This forum will include candidates for County Commissioner Jim McEntire and Mark Ozias, followed by the four candidates who are competing for two Port Angeles City Council positions: Michael Merideth and Marolee Smith, who are running for Position 5, and Cherie Kidd and Dan Bateham, who are vying for Position 7.
The third forum is slated for Thursday, October 1, from 6pm to 8:30pm, at the Forks Rainforest Arts Center, 35 North Forks Avenue, in Forks. This forum will consist of four panels. The first will feature candidates for Port Commissioner Connie Beauvais and Michael Breidenbach. The second panel will highlight Clallam County Commissioner candidates Mark Ozias and Jim McEntire (Mr McEntire cannot attend but he will send a representative). The third panel will focus on candidates for Forks City Council Jon Preston and Christina Kohout (Ms Kohout cannot attend but will send a representative). The final panel of the evening is tentatively set to be a discussion of the proposed levy for Fire District 1. However, the League of Women Voters so far has been unable to identify a speaker to represent opposition to this levy request. A representative of organized opposition to this measure is invited to contact Voter Services Committee Co-Chair Paula Barnes as soon as possible at 360-808-5876. This discussion will only take place if the League can present speakers who support and oppose the measure.
The fourth forum will be on Sunday, October 4, from 1:30 to 4pm in the City Council Chambers at Port Angeles City Hall, 321 East 5th Street, Port Angeles. The first panel of the evening will feature Michael Breidenbach and Connie Beauvais, candidates for Port Commissioner. The second panel will consist of the six candidates for three positions on the Port Angeles School Board: candidates Joshua Jones and Gene Erickson running for Position 3, candidates Lonnie Linn and Rick Marti vying for Position 4, and candidates Jerusha Henson and Susan Shotthafer running for Position 5.
The fifth and final forum will be on Tuesday, October 6 from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Sequim Transit Center, 190 West Cedar Street, Sequim. The first panel will consist of the candidates for County Commissioner Jim McEntire and Mark Ozias. The second panel will cover three positions on the Sequim City Council with candidates Brandon Janisse and Pam Leonard-Ray running for Position 1, John Miller and Susan Lorenzen competing for Position 2, and Candace Pratt and James Russell running for Position 7. Mr Russell has declined to attend this forum. The third panel will be the candidates for SARC Board Bill Jeffers and Gill Goodman. Mr Jeffers cannot attend but will send a representative. The fourth panel will be candidates for Commissioner for Fire District #3 G . Michael Gawley and Sean Ryan.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend these forums and bring questions for the candidates. At each forum, audience members who are candidates for other offices, including those that are not in contested primary races, will be asked to stand and introduce themselves. Time will be allowed at the conclusion of each forum for one-on-one Q&A with the candidates.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote the informed and active participation of citizens in government. For the first time, League volunteers will video record these forums and links to the recordings will be available at the League’s website: lwvcla.org.
Don’t forget to register to vote! For more information about these forums, voter registration and the League of Women Voters, go to the League’s website at www.lwvcla.org. Ballots will be mailed on October 14, and must be postmarked no later than election day, Tuesday, November 3.