• L&T staff report
The Seward County Republican Party and the Leader & Times are going to co-host two candidates forums in the next few weeks.
On Thursday, there will be a School Board Candidates Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Seward County Administration Building in the Commission Chambers.
Then on Thursday, March 10, there will be a City Commission Forum that will also run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the same location.
Seward County GOP Chairman Reid Petty said he actually got the idea from the Democrats.
“‘When I ran for school board two years ago, the Democrats invited all the candidates to one of their regular meetings for a candidates’ forum,” Petty said. “I thought it was a really good idea, and they treated us very well. Since this upcoming election is also technically non-partisan, I felt like the Republican Party here should do something similar.”‘
Petty would like to see more than just Republicans attend, though.
“‘This is a community-wide forum,”‘ Petty said. “It won’t be a regular Republican meeting. Everyone is invited despite their party affiliation. The Leader & Times will have a representative who will be the moderator for the event.
“We’d like to see anyone who plans to vote to come out and hear what the candidates have to say so they can make an educated vote on April 7,” he added.
Leader & Times Publisher Earl Watt will moderate the event for the Seward County Republican Party School Board Candidates Forum.
“Knowing the positions of the candidates is critical, and thanks to the Seward County Republican Party, the voters will have another chance to learn more about the candidates,” Watt said. “There are a number of challenges facing our community, and now we, the voters, have a responsibility to educate ourselves on the positions of the candidates so that we can select the leadership that will guide us into the future.”