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Candidates to Speak at Free Springfield Forum

With the general election right around the corner, several Springfield candidates will meet tonight for an open forum. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.

The Urban Neighborhoods Alliance, the League of Women Voters and the St. Joseph Neighborhood Betterment Group are combing efforts to sponsor a candidate forum featuring those running for local office.

Bob Horton is the executive director of the Urban Neighborhoods Alliance.

He says there will be eight candidates running for four different offices speaking at tonight’s forum.

“The ones that have been invited are Mike Ramon and Jim Arnott that are running for Sheriff, Laura Fabro and David Yancey for Greene County Administrator. For Greene County Comissioner Mark Jones and Harold Bengsch and then for 137th House of Representatives Charlie Norr and Ron Day,” Horton said.

Horton says each candidate will have five minutes to outline his or her platform and then will answer questions from the audience.

Each audience member will be allowed to write questions on index cards for the candidates.

“For us, it’s just a way for the neighborhood residences to have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates. The more people are educated, the more that they can make better decisions about what affects their quality of life,” Horton said.

The forum is open to the public and starts at 7 pm at St. Joseph Elementary School, 515 West Scott Street in Springfield

For more information, you can call 865-4774.

For KSMU News, I’m Kristian Kriner.