Three years ago Colstrip Bicentennial Library hosted the first Colstrip Candidate Forum; a moderate Q&A event where the local mayoral and council candidates answered a series of questions in front of a live audience. It was well attend and helped shape the outcome of a crowded local race.
I’m excited to let you know that they are doing it again, but this time for candidates running for state house and senate. On Friday, May 2 starting at 7PM Bicentennial Library will host the 2014 Colstrip Candidate Forum. The event will be held at the Colstrip High School auditorium and four of the six candidates have accepted the invitation.
Running for state Senate district 20 are Republicans Duane Ankney of Colstrip (current district 43 House Representative), Barry Usher of Billings and Democrat Rod Mogen of Rosebud. Running for House district 39 is Democrat Howard Keller of Big Horn and Republican Gerri Custer of Forsyth (current County Clerk of Rosebud County). Running unopposed in House district 41 is Patricia Rae Peppers of Lame Deer (incumbent).
Mr Ankney, Mr Usher, Mr Keller, and Mrs Custer have agreed to participate.
The event is not a debate. All candidates will be on stage together answering a series of questions asked by the moderator. Each candidate will have one opportunity to answer the question in turn. The format gives the audience the opportunity to get to know the candidates and find out why they chose to run for elected office.
Join your neighbors and other people who live in your district at the Colstrip Candidate Forum, hosted by Bicentennial Library at Colstrip High School auditorium, Friday, May 2 starting at 7:00 PM. It’s only three weeks away!
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