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Candidate forums scheduled for Elkhart municipal races

The League of Women Voters Elkhart County and the American Democracy Project of Indiana University South Bend will be holding three candidate forums for Elkhart County municipal races.

The forums will be moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Bennion, a professor of political science and the founding director of the American Democracy Project at IUSB.

Elkhart races on the ballot include the mayor, city clerk, city court judge, and several common council seats. Full list of candidates

Early voting begins April 8 and Election Day is May 7.

“These forums will allow voters to compare candidates side-by-side, and receive information they need to be an informed electorate for this primary,” Bennion said in a press release. “I’m pleased to be able to help facilitate this process.”

“The outcome of these races will directly impact the community in critical ways,” Janet Evanega, board member of the League of Women Voters – Elkhart County, said in a press release. “We are excited that we are able to offer, in a bipartisan way, events that both increase public understanding of these candidates, as well as issues that are critical to our communities.”

Forum dates and locations:

Meet the Candidates Forum – All Candidates
March 26 (Tuesday), 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Brief remarks by candidates on Elkhart (D/R) primary ballots
The Lerner Crystal Ballroom
410 S Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516
All candidates on the 2019 Democratic and Republican primary ballots are invited, including Mayoral, City Council, and City Clerk candidates.

Meet the Candidates Forum – Contested City Council Races
March 27 (Wednesday), 6:30pm – 8:30pm
A public forum in which candidates answer voter questions
The Lerner Crystal Ballroom
410 S Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516
City Council candidates running in contested elections will be present: District 1 Republicans, District 2 Republicans, District 4 Democrats, District 6 Republicans.

Meet the Candidates Forum – Contested Mayoral Race
April 8 (Monday), 6:30pm – 8:30pm
A primary candidate debate
The Lerner Crystal Ballroom
410 S Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516
Democratic Mayoral candidates will attend.


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