FRONT ROYAL – Candidates in local and state elections will field questions during two upcoming forums hosted by the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce.
The forums are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School and Oct. 24 at the Warren County Government Center, according to a Chamber of Commerce news release.
The Oct. 17 forum, according to the release, will include candidates in the races for the Board of Supervisors, the circuit court clerk and sheriff while the Oct. 25 forum will include candidates in the races for mayor, the state House of Delegates and the Senate.
Chamber of Commerce President Niki Foster said over the phone that she has not been informed of any candidates who declined to participate.
”We encourage folks to attend and see all of the candidates up close and personal and hear what they have to say and just be part of the process,” she said. “We want the voting public to have the opportunity to hear from the candidates and see their ability to perform the jobs.”
Foster said the forum for each election will be hosted by a different moderator who is either a local business owner or chamber member.
“I think it is going to be very impactful because you’ve got local business people who are participating...so I’m really looking forward to that,” she said.
Foster said the candidates are likely to be asked between five and eight questions, for which they will be allowed a one-minute response. Additionally, the forums will begin with one-minute opening statements and end with two-minute closing remarks.
A Chamber of Commerce news release states that the candidates will answer questions from the moderators along with those submitted by citizens. It adds that all submitted questions will be screened beforehand and must be “issue-based.”
Foster added that the questions should be relevant to all of the candidates and no personal attacks are allowed.
Foster said that citizens can submit questions by emailing email@example.com or during a 10-minute period at the beginning of the forum.
While the public is encouraged to attend the forums, the release states that they “will be available for replay following the program.”
The release states that anyone seeking more information should contact the Chamber of Commerce at 540-635-3185.
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This story has been updated. The Oct. 17 forum will be located at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School.