Candidate forum offers good opportunity to be informed

Election day is upon us, or soon will be, which means it’s time to start listening in to what local candidates have to say.
There are several choices to be made in the May primary, a healthy sign of interest in any community. Voters will decide who will fill the District 1 and District 5 seats on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, while also narrowing the field of candidates running for Aurora mayor from three to two.
Incumbent Becky Richter faces a challenge from Rich Kinsey in the District 1 race, while District 5 voters will have a choice between incumbent Tim Bergen and challengers Roger Nunnenkamp and Ivan Hongsermier. In the race for Aurora mayor, Phil Hupf, Marlin Seeman and Stan Valasek have thrown their hats in the ring, with the top two vote-getters to advance to the general election in November.
The News-Register will begin its profile coverage of candidates in contested races earlier than usual this year due to the fact that mail-in ballots are scheduled to be sent out soon. We have provided questions to each of the candidates for county board, which will be published verbatim in the April 18th edition. The questions and answers for the three mayoral candidates will be printed the following week, April 25.
For those who would like to hear what the candidates have to say in person, you’ll have that opportunity at a candidate forum scheduled for April 26 at The Leadership Center. The News-Register is proud to host that event, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
And, if you have a specific topic you would like addressed, consider this an invitation to submit your questions and be part of the process. We’ll review all of the questions submitted and ask each of the candidates to respond to those selected.
Questions can be dropped by the News-Register at 1320 K St., mailed in, or submitted via email to kjohnson@hamilton.net.
Elections matter. Your vote matters. Save the date April 26 as an opportunity to help make your vote an informed one.
Kurt Johnson

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