Chat with, meet the candidates
For Leavenworth County residents deciding how to vote in the upcoming Aug. 5 primary elections, the time to start asking questions is now.
Voters are encouraged to participate in several upcoming, open-forum Web chats The Current staff has arranged with candidates involved in local contested primaries (check www.lansingcurrent.com/chats) and to attend several upcoming candidate forums being held throughout the county.
On Thursday, July 17, 3rd District County Commission candidates Dave Taylor and Francis Hurla and Leavenworth County Attorney candidate Todd Thompson will field questions - which readers can submit online at www.lansingcurrent.com/chats - about their candidacy for public office.
A Web chat for Taylor is scheduled for 11 a.m.; Thompson will chat with voters at 1 p.m. and Hurla is set for 5 p.m.
Other discussions scheduled so far include Leavenworth County Attorney candidate Debra "Deb" Snider at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 42nd District state representative candidate Ted Ingerson at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 3rd District County Commission candidate John Flower at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31, and 42nd District state representative candidate Connie O'Brien at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 31.
All contested candidates for county attorney, 42nd District state representative and 3rd District county commissioner have been invited to host a Web chat.
Look for more of the open forums - which will be moderated and screened by The Mirror staff - leading up to the Aug. 5 primary.
Area political and civic organizations have also arranged various candidate forums and "meet the candidates" opportunities from now until Aug. 5.
Those forums include:
¢ A candidate forum from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 19, at the Riverfront Community Center, 123 S. Esplanade in Leavenworth, hosted by the Leavenworth County Republican Party.
Jim Ryun and Lynn Jenkins, the Republican candidates for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District seat, have been invited to debate and take questions from the audience, as have Republican candidates for 42nd District State Representative Connie O'Brien and Ted Ingerson, Republican candidates for 40th District State Representative Laura Janas Gasbarre and Charlie Gregor and Republicans Todd Thompson and Debra "Deb" Snider, who are vying for Leavenworth County Attorney.
Republican candidates running unopposed in races in the county will also be in attendance.
¢ A Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored symposium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the Lansing Community Center, 800 First Terrace, Lansing, featuring the two Democratic candidates for the 5th District Kansas Senate seat, state Sen. Mark Gilstrap and Kelly Kultala.
¢ A candidate forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Tonganoxie VFW Hall, 910 E. First St., hosted by Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271.
Republican candidates for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District (Ryun and Jenkins), 42nd District State Representative (O'Brien and Ingerson) and 3rd District County Commissioner are expected to attend, along with any other candidates running unopposed in state and county races.
¢ A breakfast and "meet the candidates" opportunity from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Tonganoxie Historic Site, 201 W. Washington St., hosted by Tonganoxie resident Dennis Bixby.
Bixby has invited 42nd District State Representative candidate Connie O'Brien and Leavenworth County Attorney Candidate Debra "Deb" Snider to attend.
¢ A "meet the candidates" night Monday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Bob Wiley Memorial VFW Post, 2806 N. 155th St. in Basehor, sponsored by the Basehor Chamber of Commerce.
All contested candidates for 3rd District County Commissioner and County Attorney have been invited to attend.
For more information on candidate Web chats and community forums, check back online at www.lansingcurrent.com.
To register to vote in Leavenworth County, contact the County Clerk's office at (913) 684-0421.