The Carthage Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee will be hosting a forum for candidates for the Carthage City Council at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the Carthage Water & Electric Plant Community Room, 627 W. Centennial Ave.
Complimentary pastries, coffee and water will be available and all candidates for City Council have been invited. With a potential of seven candidates in attendance, we will begin the forum portion of the meeting at 8 a.m.
With only two people seeking two open seats on the Carthage Board of Education, there will be no election for that body.
There are five open seats on the Carthage City Council, with incumbents Lawrence Chapin in Ward 2, Dan Rife in Ward 4 and Ed Hardesty in Ward 5 running unopposed for their seats.
Two people each have filed for the Ward 1 and Ward 3 seats, setting up a choice for voters in those parts of the city.
The incumbent Jim Swatsenbarg, 601 Howard St., will face Trevor C. Smith, 1124 Valley St., for the Ward 1 seat.
Incumbent Steve Leibbrand, 1654 Connor Dr., will be challenged for the Ward 3 seat by Mike Hutton, 709 Florence St.
The election will be held April 2.
Each candidate for office will be allowed three minutes to present to those in attendance their reasons for seeking their particular office and to highlight their campaign platform. Challengers for a seat will present first followed by the incumbent.
In cases where a race is being contested and an incumbent is not running or there is more than one challenger, the candidates will be asked to speak in alphabetic order. Also, anyone running unopposed will be allowed a three minute presentation.
This forum is designed to be a presentation format only; not a debate or a question and answer session. However, all candidates are invited and encouraged to stay after the forum to discuss with those in attendance any questions they have in a one-on-one format.