The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley, Shenandoah County Education Association and Farm Bureau of Shenandoah County announced this week that they will be holding candidate forums for supervisor, school board and state delegate races for the upcoming elections.
Sharon Baroncelli, the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce's executive director, and Kim Woodwell, the county's Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley county, announced the forums will be held in an online format without a live audience.
"The Chamber looks forward to working again with our forum partners to deliver a comprehensive and fair discussion of the issues," Baroncelli stated in a news release. "The candidate forums will be presented in an online video format, supported by Shenandoah Valley Productions, LLC, a county online services business. We anticipate the forums will look the same as previous years, just without a live audience."
Candidates will be asked questions by an impartial moderator who will select and read questions submitted by residents online.
"In past years, the public has submitted lots of great questions to ask our candidates," Justin Pence, Farm Bureau of Shenandoah County's president, stated in the release. "This year we are asking voters to use the link provided to submit their questions. It’s a few more steps but we hope everyone will participate and send in questions for their candidates."
Questions can be submitted until noon Sept. 29 for District 1 and until Oct. 11 at noon for Districts 4 and 5 and the state delegates. Questions can be submitted online at bit.ly/SCForumQs.
The forums will be posted at shenandoahalliance.org/project/shenandoahcounty-candidate-forums/
The District 1 forum will be posted Oct. 12, District 5 on Oct. 13 and District 4 and the state delegates on Oct. 14.