Mitchell area candidates to speak at forums on May 8 and May 15The May 8 forum will feature mayoral candidates and District 20 state Senate primary candidates. The May 15 forum will feature school board candidates.
By: News release, Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce
Candidates for city, county and school offices will speak during upcoming forums sponsored by the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce.
A debate over changing three one-way streets to two-way traffic will also be heard during one of the two evening events.
They are set for Tuesday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 15. Both will start at 7 p.m. in the amphitheater at Mitchell Technical Institute’s Technology Center, 1800 E. Spruce St.
On May 8, the six mayoral candidates and the two Republicans running for their party’s nomination to represent state Senate District 20 will speak and take questions.
Mayor candidates Ken Tracy, John Claggett, Tara Volesky, Roger Haley, Jerald Toomey and Becky Haslam are scheduled to appear.
That segment will last 72 minutes, with each candidate offering an opening statement, followed by questions from the audience and media, and then closing statements.
State Sen. Mike Vehle and his GOP challenger, Steve Sibson, will be given 27 minutes to make opening statements, take questions and offer closing remarks.
On Tuesday, May 15, Mitchell school board candidates Theresa Kriese, Neil Putnam, Ed Potzler and Craig Guymon will take part in a 48-minute session.
They will give opening statements, take media and audience questions and make closing remarks.
Davison County treasurer candidates Christie Gunkel and Brenda Veldheer will have 27 minutes to make their case.
They will make opening statements, take questions and then make closing statements.
The city referendum on changing Second, Third and Fourth avenues from one-way to two-way traffic will conclude the second and final forum.
Jeff Logan, of Mitchell Main Street & Beyond, will speak in favor of the change and mayoral candidate Jerry Toomey will speak against it. They will be given 27 minutes to make their cases.
As with the candidates for office, they will make opening statements, take questions and then make closing statements.
The chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee is sponsoring the events.