HAZARD — Many of the election experts, from media analysts, to pollsters, to political science scholars agree that record breaking crowds could potentially flood voting precincts to pick their chosen candidates on Nov. 8. The battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for United States President has garnered major interest from the masses and completely tapped into the pulse of an entire nation.
In Perry County, however, the folks who flock to pick a President on Election Day are going to find themselves facing several other choices in local offices that on a day-to-day basis have more of a direct influence on the livelihood of our community than the Presidency. The positions of State Representative, School Board Member and City Commissioner are up for grabs. And, as sure as political experts agree that a vast number of new voters might turn up at the polls to show support for their Presidential preferences, they also predict that a large percentage of those voters, when faced with candidates in the other races, will ultimately decide to vote for one of them. Therefore, the stakes are high in the upcoming local elections.
When the people of Perry County cast their votes on Nov. 8, InVision Hazard wants them to be informed about the positions candidates for local offices hold with issues that are of great interest to our community. That is why InVision Hazard has organized public forums for each local election to be held next week.
On Monday, Oct. 24, both candidates for State Representative will take the stage to answer the people’s questions. The State Representative Public Forum will be held in the Perry County Public Library Auditorium from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Admission to the event is free. Questions from the audience will be presented to the candidates. However, you are not required to ask a question if you attend.
Directly following the State Representative Forum from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, the public forum for Hazard City Commissioner candidates will be held. The same rules apply to this forum.
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the candidates for Perry County School Board will take the stage in the Public Library Auditorium from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a public forum that follows the same rules. The same rules will also apply to the final public forum, which includes candidates seeking positions on the Hazard Independent School Board. This forum will run from 7:15 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. in the Public Library Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
According to InVision Hazard, all candidates on the ballot in each of these local races have agreed to participate in the forums. Admission to all forums is free. InVision Hazard selected Luke Glaser as moderator for the State Representative and Hazard City Commissioner forums. Effie Stidham will moderate both forums for School Board candidates. All questions asked at the forums must be reviewed and approved by InVision Hazard before they are presented to the candidates. For more information about how to have questions submitted, or about the forums in general, InVision Hazard can be contacted on Facebook. There is also a Facebook event page for the forums. The Hazard Herald will have a report on each forum after they happen.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.