Primary candidates prepare for forums

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By Molly Haines

With the primary election less than a month away, Owen countians will soon get the chance to hear from candidates running for magistrate in three of the four magisterial districts.
Magistrate forums will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, but each district will be held at a separate location.
District one will be held at the New Liberty Firehouse; district two will be held at the Owen County Extension Office and district four will be held at the Monterey Firehouse.
Third district magistrate Teresa Davis is running unopposed.
The forums are sponsored by the Owen County Visioneers.
Owen County Visioneer Joy Morgan said the group expects a good turnout at each of the forums.
“This is the best opportunity to hear the candidates, to hear what their stance is,” Morgan said. “That’s how we know to make the best decision.”
At the beginning of the forums, each candidate will be given two minutes to address the attendees. All forums will be conducted by a moderator who will pose all questions to the candidates.
Attendees will have the opportunity to write their questions on forms that will be distributed at the beginning and throughout the forums.
Questions posed by attendees will remain anonymous and will be collected by Visioneers members in the audience and presented to the moderator.
Morgan said she expects a wide variety of topics to be covered at each of the forums.
“I expect people will have questions about a good number of different topics,” Morgan said. “The better educated we are as voters, the better decisions we make.”
Sheriffs candidates, as well as circuit judge, judge executive, county clerk and PVA candidates will also get the opportunity to be heard before the election May 20.
A sheriff and circuit judge candidate forum will be held at 7 p.m., May 5, in the Owen County High School Auditorium.
The judge executive, county clerk and PVA candidate forum will be held at 7 p.m., May 15, at the Owen County High School.