This year’s candidate forum, which will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Lake County Courthouse, will look different due to the COVID guidelines, the forum will have a different format this year. Masks will be required by those participating except when speaking. There will be no audience.

The event will be sponsored by concerned women of Lake County to encourage all registered voters to exercise their constitutional right to vote. The forum committee believes that an informed citizenry is vital to the 21st century and the development and progress of the Town of Lakeview. As the nation celebrates the 100th year of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, the committee came together to organizes this local informational forum.

Questions will be generated by the organizing non-partisan committee. The committee does not endorse any candidate nor political party. The moderator of the forum will be Lauri Crocker.

The forum will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Lake County Commissioners meeting room. It will be carried live on KORV 93.5 FM and the Lake County Examiner will post video of the forum on its Facebook and YouTube pages.

The mayoral candidates, incumbent Ray Turner and Darwin Johnson, will be first on the program after the pledge of allegiance. After a short break the Town of Lakeview Town Council candidates, incumbent Sandra Wenzel, Jay Farmen and Shannon Theall, will be presented.

Each candidate will be allowed two minutes for an introduction followed by questions, with one minute responses.

The last day for citizens to register is Tuesday, Oct. 13. Voter pamphlets will be mailed Wednesday, Oct. 7. Ballots will be mailed Wednesday, Oct. 14. Registered voters have to have their ballots turned in by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. There is a drop box for ballots on the south side of the Lake County Courthouse. The drop boxes in Christmas Valley and Paisley will close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 and Lake County Sheriff deputies will deliver the boxes to the Lake County Clerk’s office for signature verification and counting of those ballots.

If anyone needs a ride to drop off their ballot in person to the drop box in Lakeview can do so for free by arranging transportation in advance through the Lakeview Public Transit by calling 541-947-4966 ext. 106. Transportation will occur on Thursday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Nov. 3.

For more information or questions contact Crocker at 541-947-3585.

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