Islander, league co-host forum
The Islander in partnership with the League of Women Voters will co-host a candidates’ forum Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Candidates in the Aug. 26 county commission races were invited to participate.
Voters will find several contests on their primary ballots - incumbent Jane von Hahmann facing John Chappie in the Manatee County District 3 commission race; incumbent Joe McClash facing Greg Witham in the Manatee County District 7 commission race, incumbent Harry Kinnan facing David Miner in the Manatee County School Board District 2 race and Connie Mederos-Jacobs and Gilbert A. Smith Jr. in the race for 12th Circuit judge.
The event will begin with a meet-and-greet session at 5:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 6 p.m.. Candidates will be asked to make opening remarks, field questions and present closing remarks.
The panelists will include Bonner Joy of The Islander newspaper and Pat Arends, a board member of the League of Women Voters of Manatee County. Arends, of Longboat Key, served as Longboat’s town clerk for nearly 15 years and has served on a number of boards, including as a current member of the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board and the Longboat Key Charter Review Board.
For more information, call The Islander at 941-778-7978.