Reader, Sandpoint Online to host virtual candidate forum

Forum will feature District 1 candidates in contested races

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

With the May 19 primary election looming, the Sandpoint Reader and Sandpoint Online have joined forces to host a virtual candidates forum on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. 

The forum will be conducted via the teleconferencing software Zoom. 

In the District 1, Seat B representative race, incumbent Sage Dixon and challenger Gary Suppiger have both confirmed they will participate in the forum.

Also participating are Bonner County Commissioner District 1 candidates, including incumbent Steve Bradshaw and challenger Butch Horton.

All candidates will give a short opening statement, then field questions from those in “attendance” via the virtual forum.

Questions intended for candidates can be sent to [email protected]

The Idaho secretary of state announced in March that the May 19 primary election would be voted on only through absentee ballots by mail. Voters are encouraged to request ballots early, which can be obtained by logging onto 

Ballot-by-mail requests must be received by 8 p.m. on May 19 and must be received by the Bonner County Election Department by June 2. Election results are expected on June 2, due to voting taking place by mail. 

The Bonner County Election Department is available to answer any questions by calling 208-255-3631.

Instructions on how to participate will be published on April 27 on, as well as the Sandpoint Online and Reader Facebook pages.

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