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Election 2010: Candidates forum set for April 1

A major candidates night designed to bring all Nevada County political hopefuls before the public is expected to draw out the issues in each race.

The Nevada County Candidates Forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Hall at 255 S. Auburn St. The forum is co-sponsored by The Union, KNCO Radio and the Nevada County Tea Party Patriots.

“All official candidates will be invited,” said county Tea Party President Stan Meckler. “It will be strictly for county and city races.

“All questions will be delivered from The Union and KNCO. We have no input at all,” Meckler said. “We are nonpartisan, and we’re trying to show it by the way we handle this.

“It’s important to do, because no one has done this yet,” Meckler said. “We want to present all the candidates so the public can put a name with a face and see what they have to say for themselves when they answer the questions.”

A $5 donation will be asked to defray the building rental and permit costs for the event, Meckler said.

“We’re not going to make a nickel on this,” Meckler said. All proceeds after expenses will be donated to the military veterans groups that use the hall, including the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, the Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America and Friends of Nevada County Military.

Moderators will include The Union Editor/Publisher Jeff Ackerman and KNCO General Manager Bob Breck. City Editor Trina Kleist of The Union and Rita Stevens of KNCO will also participate, Meckler said.

Each candidate will give an opening statement, participate in a question-and-answer session and then make a closing statement.

Tables will be set up for the Republican, Democrat and Libertarian parties; members will hand out literature and register people to vote, Meckler said.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.

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