Election 2010: Candidates Forum set for Thursday at Vets building | TheUnion.com

Election 2010: Candidates Forum set for Thursday at Vets building

The Nevada County Candidates Forum set for Thursday night will allow residents to see their local candidates up close and answer questions from area journalists.

The forum is co-sponsored by The Union, KNCO radio and the Nevada County Tea Party Patriots.

All members of the public are invited.

“The Tea Party was not involved in structuring the event,” said The Union Editor/Publisher Jeff Ackerman.

Themes for questions have been suggested by the public and refined by Ackerman and KNCO Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Bob Breck. The two also will serve on a media panel asking questions with The Union’s City Editor Trina Kleist and KNCO News Anchor/Reporter Chuck Whitten.

“It’s not a debate. It’s to meet the candidates,” Ackerman said. “It’s a level playing field, and they are all non-partisan seats.”

Candidates will be given two minutes to make an opening statement. In each race, candidates will be asked three questions and be limited to 90-second answers.

Each round of candidates will be called to the front alphabetically by contest, with Assessor candidates first and ending with Treasurer-Tax Collector hopefuls. Once on stage, questions will be asked of candidates starting alphabetically and rotating through candidates in alphabetical order on subsequent questions.

Following are the races involved and all the invited candidates:

Assessor: Sue Horne and Rolf Kleinhans

Auditor-Controller: Marcia Salter

Clerk-Recorder: Gregory Diaz and Barry Pruett

District Attorney: Cliff Newell

Nevada City’s City Council: Sally Harris and Duane Strawser

Sheriff: Keith Royal

Superintendent of Schools: Holly Hermansen

Superior Court Judge: Candace Heidelberger

County Supervisor District 4: Hank Weston

Supervisor District 3: John Spencer and Terry Lamphier

Treasurer-Tax Collector: Dai Meagher, Rick Nolle, Tina Vernon and Darlene Woo.

The Tea Party is asking for a $5 donation at the door to defray the costs of the building and permits. Any extra proceeds will be turned over in equal portions to the five military veterans group that use the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building.

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