The Ely Times will host a public candidate forum on Oct. 14 starting at 6 p.m. inside the main room of the White Pine Convention Center. Similar to the forum held on May 19 for the primary election, the public forum will gather candidates from state-wide and local races in the general election to speak to the public about their campaigns, their stance on issues and to answer questions.
State wide candidates that have stated that they will attend the event include: Steve Brown, Mike Little, Dan Schwartz, Kim Wallin, Ron Knecht, Andrew Martin and John Ellison.
Candidates for local races set to speak include: Nichole Baldwin, Debra Rivero, Burton Hilton, Debbie Underwood, Carol McKenzie, John Lampros, Chris Daily, Dan Watts, Penny Jo Robison, Gary Perea, Mike Lemich, Kelly Brown and Mike Wheable.
There is no charge to attend, though it is recommended to show up early as the last forum had standing room only. The format of the forum will allow each candidate five minutes to speak, followed by a question and answer section for those in attendance.
Mike Coster and Sam Hanson will speak on behalf of the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively.
The event is co-sponsored by the White Pine County Democratic and Republican parties. The Ely Times Publisher Gary Cook will serve as moderator for the event, and current County Clerk Lin Burleigh will keep the time on each speaker.