The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning and the League of Women Voters of Geneva will host a candidates’ forum to allow community members to learn more about the candidates for local offices on Monday, Oct. 28. Questions will come from the audience, screened by members of the League. Associate Professor of Economics Judith McKinney will moderate the forum and each candidate will provide a short closing statement. The forum will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center and the public is encouraged to attend. It also will be broadcast live by WHWS 105.7 FM.
“The forum is important because these local officials make decisions that directly affect our daily lives,” explains Jeremy Wattles, assistant director of CCESL, who with HWS Votes has worked with the League to coordinate the event at the Colleges. “While these campaigns don’t get the attention of national congressional or presidential races, they are in some ways more important. As the saying goes, ‘all politics is local.'”
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5 with polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Students who have not yet registered to vote can still register and will receive absentee ballots in the next couple of weeks. Registration can be done easily online via Turbovote. https://hws.turbovote.org/
Candidates for the following public offices are invited to participate in the forum: Geneva City Supervisor, Wards 1 and 2, Wards 3 and 4 and Wards 5 and 6, Geneva Town Supervisor, Geneva Town Councilmember, Geneva Town Clerk, Geneva City Court Judge and Geneva Town Justice.
A profile of each candidate and their answers to some specific questions is available online at VOTE411.org. Citizens can compare candidate information and print a customized sample ballot prior to Election Day. VOTE411.org is a “one-stop-shop” for election-related information, providing nonpartisan information to the public including how to register, where to vote and what candidates are on the ballot in your district.
The League is non-partisan and does not endorse or support individual candidates.