By Cameron Rasmusson
If you’re looking to make an informed vote this primary election, be sure to turn out next week for a candidate forum.
Sandpoint Online and the Sandpoint Reader are teaming up to host a primary candidates forum Wednesday, May 11, from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Sandpoint High School auditorium, 410 S. Division St. All candidates are invited to give a statement, but to save time, questions from the audience will only be taken for the contested races. The forum is free and open to the public. Questions can be submitted in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the forum.
The candidates confirmed to attend will likely change by next week. At this point, we’ve received confirmations from Steve Tanner, Shawn Keough and Ken Meyers for the Idaho State Senate race. Glenn Rohrer is unsure if he will attend.
For the Idaho State Representative race, the following candidates have confirmed: Kate McAlister, Sage Dixon, Stephen Howlett, Jessica Chilcott and Shannon McMillan. Heather Scott, Priscilla Giddings and Kris Steneck are all unconfirmed at this point.
In the Bonner County Commissioner race, Todd Sudick, Jeff Connolly and Dan McDonald have all confirmed, while Lewis Rich is unsure if he will make it.
Both candidates in the Bonner County Sheriff’s race—Sheriff Daryl Wheeler and Terry Ford—have confirmed.
Sheryl Nuxoll has replied that she will not be able to attend. We have received no response from Carl Crabtree, Bob Vickaryous and Paul Shepherd.
Can’t make it to the forum in person? It will be streamed live online through Sandpoint Online and available to anyone with an Internet connection. At forum time, go to either www.SandpointOnline.com or www.SandpointReader.com to link to the live stream.
The live stream will include a chat function so that those who are watching the forum online can post comments and interact, as well as pose questions they’d like moderators to ask the candidates.
A recorded webcast will be available after the forum as well, but not until the following day.