Archive for Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Candidate forums, online chats set as election nears

Election 2008

Election 2008

July 23, 2008

With an Aug. 5 primary election less than two weeks away, Leavenworth County residents don't have much longer to meet the candidates before casting their votes for county, state and national representatives.

One such opportunity, hosted by Tonganoxie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9271, will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Tonganoxie VFW Hall, 910 E. First St.

Republican candidates for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District (former congressman Jim Ryun and state treasurer Lynn Jenkins) have been invited to attend, as have 42nd District state representative candidates Ted Ingerson and Connie O'Brien, both Republicans, plus all seven Republicans vying for Leavenworth County's 3rd district county commission seat and any other candidates running unopposed in state and county races.

Candidates will each be allowed a three-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session with the public.

Another candidate forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, 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 (Debra "Deb" Snider and Todd Thompson) are expected to attend.

Tonganoxie resident Dennis Bixby is hosting a breakfast and a "meet the candidates" opportunity from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Historical Site, 201 W. Washington St., featuring Snider and O'Brien as well.

In addition, it is not too late to submit questions for candidates in two upcoming, open-forum Web chats the Sentinel and Chieftain have arranged with contenders in local, contested primaries. The online chats will appear at and

Third District County Commission candidate John Flower is scheduled to chat at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31, and 42nd District state representative candidate Connie O'Brien at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 31.

Chats already have been conducted with Leavenworth county attorney candidates Deb Snider and Todd Thompson and 3rd District county commissioner candidates Beverly "Bev" Oroke, Ted Ingerson, Dave Taylor and Marvin Torneden.

All contested candidates for county attorney, 42nd District state representative and 3rd District county commissioner have been invited to participate in a Web chat.

To pose a question for any participating candidate, visit during or leading up to each respective discussion.


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