CBJ Election forum set for Wednesday

Absentee voting is underway for the CBJ election. Polling places are at city hall downtown and Mendenhall Mall in the valley.

Juneau’s League of Women Voters will host a Municipal Candidate Forum on Wednesday in Assembly chambers.

The annual forum is an opportunity for candidates running for Assembly and School Board to discuss the issues affecting Juneau.

League member Barbara Belknap is the moderator.   She says questions from the public are an important part of the event.

“You know we always are looking for people to come prepared to ask questions about what they care about. So they write the questions, a League of Women Voters member will pick them up then they’ll get funneled to me at the moderator’s desk,” she says.

Belknap says each candidate will have one minute to make an opening statement then 30 seconds at the end to wrap up their message.   They’ll have 45 seconds to answer each question.

With only four Assembly and two school board candidates, the forum may go quickly this year.  Only one race is contested.

The League has sponsored the pre-election forum for years.  Belknap calls the non-partisan organization one of the most enduring civic groups in Juneau.

“I feel like it is the most viable women’s organization in town that contributes specifically with these forums but also with voter registration, voter information,” she says.

Wednesday’s Municipal Candidate Forum is a 7 p.m. in Assembly chambers at city hall.

It will be carried live on KTOO radio.

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