By Carlos Padilla
A Candidate Forum has been scheduled for Thursday evening, Sept. 18, and will be held at Sierra County’s newest public venue – the Albert Lyon Events Center – located on the Sierra County Fair Grounds along South Broadway in Truth or Consequences.
The whole idea behind holding a public candidate forum is to engage the county’s electorate and provide information on where candidates stand on a range of local issues in an effort to provide accurate information to local voters before Election Day. This forum is scheduled to be held well ahead of early voting.
The public is encouraged to submit questions for those running for a number of public offices, including the Sierra County Commission, Sierra County Sheriff, Probate Judge, Sierra County Magistrate Judge, and the Public Regulation Commission races. Questions will be accepted at The Herald, located at 1204 N. Date St., in Truth or Consequences or by mailing to: The Herald; c/o Carlos Padilla; PO Box 752; Truth or Consequences, NM 87901. In addition, questions may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please refrain from addressing a single candidate in your questions, as both candidates will be asked to provide an answer to every question posed in their respective races.
The format is exactly the same as the last candidate forum sponsored by the Herald Publishing Co. Inc., held some eight years ago. Each candidate in each race will be asked to answer the same question, with the first candidate being given 90 seconds to respond, followed by the second candidate being given 60 to respond, followed by a 30 second rebuttal, or wrap-up shifting back to the first candidate. Questions will be drawn at random, and each candidate will take turns answering questions first.
The order of the categories will be selected based upon the number of questions per category. A coin toss will be held at the beginning of the forum to determine which candidate will be asked the first question in their respective category.
This forum is being organized in conjunction with volunteers from the community as well as representatives from the Sierra County Republican Party and the Democratic Party of Sierra County.