Shenandoah County groups schedule candidate forums

Five Shenandoah County civic groups plan to hold several forums for candidates running in local races next month.

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, the Shenandoah County Education Association, the Shenandoah Forum, the Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River and the Farm Bureau of Shenandoah County are hosting the forums.

Organizers invited all candidates to the forum and many, but not all, had confirmed plans to participate, said Cheri Wright, Chamber of Commerce director. Organizers also faced the daunting task of scheduling forums around a ballot featuring nearly 30 candidates and eight contested races.

The forums give people a chance to meet the candidates and “make an informed decision,” Wright said Monday.

“It was something that was brought to the chamber’s attention a few months ago, especially with clerk of court having so many candidates running,” Wright said. “So we got together with some partners and were able to get it.”

Those attending the forum will submit all questions for the candidates and impartial monitors will read the questions to the candidates. Candidates also can use the forums to introduce themselves and let voters know why they want to run for office.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for question submissions. Forums start at 7 p.m. The following dates and locations are for the Board of Supervisors and School Board races forums:

District 2: Monday at Triplett Tech, Mount Jackson
District 3: Oct. 7 at Charter House School, Edinburg
District 6: Oct. 13 at Strasburg High School, Strasburg

The groups also scheduled a forum for state and countywide seats. These include: clerk of the circuit court, commissioner of revenue, commonwealth’s attorney, sheriff, treasurer and the soil and water conservation director for the Lord Fairfax District as well as state senate and house of delegates.

Organizers plan to hold a meet-and-greet with all countywide and state office candidates beginning at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, Woodstock. A forum for contested races begins at 6:30 p.m. A moderator will ask questions submitted by those attending the event.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com