Tuesday evening’s candidate forum at the college’s Showcase Theater will have all seven candidates running for the Kansas Big First seat to the U.S. House of Representatives
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
Seven candidates seeking Kansas Big First District Congressional seat will be in Liberal Tuesday for a candidate forum.
The forum is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, and with candidates from all over the state, it might seem difficult to get them all in one location. Chamber director Rozelle Webb said, however, it was not as hard as it looked.
“I began calling them, and they were all excited to come down to this part of the state,” she said.
The forum will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Showcase Theater at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.
“We moved it to the theater because the sound system is better,” Webb said.
Candidates appearing at the forum include Jim Barnett, Sue Boldra, Marck Cobb, Tim Huelskamp, Alan Jilka, Tracey Mann and Rob Wasinger. Each contender will be asked questions, which were selected by the Chamber’s legislative committee after they were submitted by the event’s sponsors.
“We have eight questions,” Webb said. “We may not have time to ask all eight, but we do have eight. Those are the questions that will be asked, and following the forum, the candidates will stay around and people in the audience will be able to ask them questions on their own.”
Co-sponsors of the forum include the Southwest Chambers of Commerce, SCCC/ATS, 107.5 KSCB Radio, Southwest Times and the High Plains Daily Leader.
The public is invited. The forum will also air live on 107.5 KSCB, and the audio will be presented on local cable channel 8.
“We did it this way because it’s going to be on TV,” Webb said. “We are limited to 90 minutes. By the time you get your opening and closing and seven questions answered, you’ve got 90 minutes right there. We don’t have time for people in the audience to stand up and ask lengthy questions. The audience will be able to ask their questions afterwards.”
For more information about the forum, call the Chamber at 624-3855.