Candidate forum set for Thursday

By Herald Staff

Candidates running for local offices have been invited to speak at a forum Thursday evening.

The candidates forum will start at 7 p.m. at the Jasper Arts Center auditorium.

The forum will be broadcast live on radio stations WBDC (100.9 FM), WITZ (104.7 FM) and WQKZ (98.5 FM). It will also be on Facebook Live through WITZ’s page. The forum will run on WJTS-TV at a later date.

Because of COVID-19, there will not be an audience in attendance. Only the candidates and organizers will be in auditorium.

All candidates running for local seats were invited to participate.

Candidates in opposed races who have confirmed their participation include Circuit judge candidate Nathan Verkamp and county council candidates Matt Brosmer, Todd Cassidy, Atalie Schroering, Mike Kluesner and Doug Uebelhor.

Sonya Haas, who is running for the council, originally confirmed her attendance, but had a last-minute situation come up; so she will not attend. Kevin Crouse, who is running for judge, did not respond to the invitation.

County Surveyor Ken Brosmer and Commissioner Chad Blessinger, who are running unopposed, will also attend.

Christian Blome, dean of Vincennes University Jasper will serve as the moderator. Unopposed candidates will be given a chance to introduce themselves. Opposed candidates will also introduce themselves. They will also answer three questions asked by Blome.

All candidates will be required to wear a mask and be seated according to social distancing guidelines. Masks may be removed when they are speaking at the podium. Campaign materials and active campaigning by candidates and supporters will be prohibited on or anywhere near the event premises.

The candidate forum is being sponsored by the Jasper Chamber of Commerce, VUJ and local media organizations.

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