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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow FORUM HOSTS CANDIDATES TUESDAY


Voters will get a chance to hear several candidates for the Nov. 5 election address campaign issues when a forum is held Tuesday at the La Grande Middle School commons.

A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the forum starting at 7 p.m.

Janet Hume-Schwarz will be the moderator. The event is expected to attract candidates for several positions.

Nine of the 10 candidates for the La Grande City Council, some of whom are unopposed, are scheduled to appear. One, Mary Ann Miesner, had a previous commitment out of town, forum organizers said.

The council candidates include Bill Hays, Dan Stark and Tim Hoffnagle running for Position 3; Gary Lillard and Cory Larvik for Position 5; Joel Goldstein for Position 6 (running against Miesner); and unopposed incumbents Steve Clements, Dana Wright and Mayor Colleen Johnson.

The two candidates running for Union County Commissioner are slated to speak: incumbent Democrat John Howard and Republican John Lamoreau.

Peter Buckley, a Democrat from Jackson County running against incumbent 2nd District U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican, has indicated he will attend. A Walden spokesman said the congressman would not be there.

Elizabeth Scheeler, a Democrat who lives near Pendleton and is seeking election to the newly formed state House District 57, has told sponsors she will be at the forum.

She is opposed by Greg Smith, a Republican from Heppner who represented District 59 in the last Legislature and subsequent special sessions. That district included several counties ranging from Arlington to the Snake River. The new District 57 includes all of Union, Wallowa and Morrow counties and a portion of Umatilla County.

The forum is sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the Republican and Democratic county committees and the Blue Mountain Forum.

State gubernatorial candidates are not scheduled to appear. And those who want to see U.S. senatorial candidates discuss the issues will have to wait for the televised debates.

U.S. Senate candidates, Democrat Bill Bradbury and Republican Gordon Smith, will hold at least two televised debates, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 21 and Oct. 23.

— Ray Linker

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