In looking towards the immediate city and county general elections on Nov. 3, the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce board of directors would like to invite all voters to participate in a "Meet the Candidates" nights scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Helper City Rio Theatre located at 210 South Main Street in Helper from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Session one begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 5:50 p.m. and is for candidates running for Price City, mayor and city council. In attendance will be Joe Piccolo, who is running for mayor, and Jeanne McEvoy for city council. Both candidates are running unopposed but have been invited to participate so that Price City residents have an opportunity to ask questions of their candidates. Kathy Hanna-Smith is also running unopposed for city council but is unable to participate due to several prior commitments.
Session two starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 6:20 p.m. for all candidates running for Wellington City mayor and city council. Those who chose to participate are mayoral candidate Ed Chavez and city council candidate Amber Adair.
Session three begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. This session will be for both candidates vying for a position on the Price River Water Improvement District board, including incumbent Keith Cox and opposing candidate Tom Matthews.
Session four will run from 7:10 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include all eight candidates from Helper City. Contenders for mayor are Dean Armstrong and Kirk Mascaro. Competing for the four year city council spots are Gary Harwood, Orlando Ochoa and Chris Pugliese. For the two year city council, candidates included that evening are Robert Bradley, Donald Mortensen and Brandon Wise.
A moderator will ask the candidates to answer the same questions in random order, thereby giving no candidate a "first or last" advantage. Ground rules and time limits will be followed so that every candidate will have ample time and opportunity to respond. Written questions from the public can be submitted that night. Also, at the end of the program, if time allows, candidates may entertain questions from the audience.
A meet the candidates night for Sunnyside and East Carbon was also scheduled on another evening but due to lack of participation by all but one candidate from Sunnyside, it has been cancelled.
"The Chamber's goal is to introduce the candidates to citizens in order to find out what their platform and goals are so that voters can make an informed decision on Nov. 3," said Chamber executive director Ann Evans. "There are no other elections where local citizens' votes count more or where they can be more involved than in city, county and state appointments. We want everyone to be part of the process."