The Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce will host a forum so voters can get acquainted with the candidates who will appear on the April 5 ballot for Gardner City Council. The forum will start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 in the Pioneer Ridge Middle School cafeteria area.
Steve Devore, chamber president, said for the first hour of the event, candidates will meet and greet the public.
“So people can come up and ask them questions,” Devore said.
At 9:30 a.m. each candidate will have six minutes to personally introduce themselves and talk about what issues are important to them, their vision for Gardner and why they chose to run for city council.
Chamber officials hope to videotape the six-minute speeches so those who are unable to attend can view candidates’ information online.
Devore has asked that candidates refrain from responding to one another’s comments, and attendees will not have the opportunity to ask questions publicly. The chamber hopes to sponsor a second forum in the next few weeks that may be more of a debate-style event.
“The first (forum) will just be get to know each candidate and they can introduce themselves,” Devore said.
There are eight candidates running for three seats on the Gardner City Council. Devore said at press time, not all candidates had confirmed their intention to attend the Feb. 26 forum.
The election is April 5, but advance voting by mail begins March 16. The last day to register to vote in the spring election is March 21, and walk-in advance voting at the Johnson County Election Office begins March 29.