(BEDFORD) – Ten of the 11 Republican candidates who are running for Bedford City Council will participate in a candidate forum Thursday organized by the Lawrence County Republican Party.
District 2 candidate Larry Hardman is out of state and cannot attend.
The forum will begin at 6 p.m. in Brinegar Hall at StoneGate Arts & Education Center. A public meet and greet will begin at 5 p.m.
The forum will be broadcast live today on 1340 WBIW-AM, on WBIW’s Facebook page, and streaming online at wbiw.com.
Those that cannot attend or tune in today can listen to the rebroadcast of the forum on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. on 1340 WBIW-AM. It will also be streamed online at wbiw.com.
Krystal Shetler of the Times-Mail and Myron Rainey of WBIW 1340 AM will serve as moderators. Tickets to the forum are $5.
The event is not a debate.
Candidates will have three minutes for an opening statement.
Moderators will then ask the candidates questions. Each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates were provided the questions in advance.
Audience members will be allowed to submit questions on provided index cards. They must be relevant to the discussion and will be asked by the moderators.
The forum will conclude with a three-minute closing statement from each candidate.
Of the seven council seats, four will be filled with new representatives. Longtime councilmembers Mark Scherschel, Byron Buker, Michele Murphy, and Bill McFadden did not file.
The following candidates will be on the primary ballot:
Bedford City Council, District 1: Ryan Griffith, R; Brian Skillman, R.
Bedford City Council, District 2: Larry D. Hardman, R.
Bedford City Council, District 3: Brad Bough, R; Andrea Rope, R; Howard H. Scott, R.
Bedford City Council, District 4: incumbent Judy Carlisle, R.
Bedford City Council, District 5: incumbent Penny May, R.
Bedford City Council, at-large, (pick two): Daniel Bortner, R; Angel Hawkins, R; incumbent Adele Bowden-Purlee, R.
Bedford residents will cast ballots on May 7.