The Islander’s Popcorn & Politics forum takes place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive.
The event provides an opportunity for candidates and voters to converse about Island issues before the Nov. 8 election in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach.
The event, which The Islander is hosting in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Manatee County, will feature straw polls for Island offices, as well as entertainment and refreshments.
In Anna Maria, four people are vying for three two-year terms on the city commission. The candidates include incumbents John J. Quam and Dale Woodland, former Mayor SueLynn and planning board member Nancy L. Yetter.
In Holmes Beach, five people are campaigning for three two-year terms on the commission. The candidates include incumbents Pat Morton, Al Robinson and David Zaccagnino and challengers Andy Sheridan and Jean Peelen.
In Bradenton Beach, incumbent Commissioner Gay Breuler will be returned to another two-year term representing Ward 1, and former Commissioner John Shaughnessy will become mayor. After the election, a new commission will appoint someone to represent Ward 3, where no one qualified for the seat.