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Town Council Forum Next Thursday at Hoosier Gym
October 10, 2007 - Voters will have an opportunity next week to learn more about candidates running for Knightstown Town Council in this fall's election.
The Knightstown Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidates forum in the Hoosier Gym on Thursday, October 18. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and all concerned members of the public, even those who are not registered to vote, are encouraged to attend.
In what is believed to be the first town election in over 20 years, seven candidates are running for three of Knightstown's five town council seats. Incumbent Republicans representing wards 1, 3 and 4 - Council Vice President Nate Hamilton, Cort Swincher and Council President David Glenn - are facing respective challenges from independent candidates Clyde South, Robert Webber and Terry Guerin. A Libertarian, Bryan J. Miller, is also vying for the Ward 3 seat.
Each candidate will be allowed two minutes at next week's forum to make an opening statement, as well as two minutes to make concluding remarks. Moderator Rob Matt, vice president of business develop and marketing at Hancock Regional Hospital, will ask the candidates questions that citizens submit that night before the event begins.
According to chamber member Bill Gorman, citizens may anonymously submit questions for the candidates. However, he said persons wishing to preserve their anonymity should not write their names on the piece of paper that has their question on it.
As many as six of the seven town council candidates are expected to participate in the forum. Swincher notified The Banner earlier this week that he will be unable to attend due to training for a new job he recently started.
While only three of the town council's five seats are up for election on November 6, voting is open to all of the town's registered voters, including those living in Wards 2 and 5. In Knightstown, each voter gets to vote for every town council seat that is up for election, not just the one for the ward where they live.
Knightstown Town Hall will serve as the single polling location on Election Day, and paper ballots will be used in lieu of renting costly electronic voting machines. Town Hall will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 27 and November 3, the two Saturdays prior to the election, for persons wishing to vote by absentee ballot.
Voting by absentee ballot can also be done by mail, with ballots accepted at the office of the Knightstown Clerk-Treasurer between October 8 and noon on November 5. Applications for voting by absentee ballot are available at Knightstown Town Hall. Persons unable to leave their home to pick up an application for voting by absentee ballot and who need to have this paperwork delivered to them should contact Clerk-Treasurer Judy Haines as soon as possible at 345-5977 during normal business hours Monday through Friday.
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