The Gazette-Times is inviting the public to four candidate forums we’re hosting in early October:
• Wednesday, Oct. 1: Corvallis City Council Wards 5 and 6 candidates, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Linus Pauling Middle School auditorium, 1111 N.W. Cleveland Ave. Ward 5 incumbent Mike Beilstein has confirmed, but challenger Judson McClure cannot attend due to a scheduling conflict; Ward 6 incumbent Joel Hirsch and challenger Steve Redman both plan to attend.
• Thursday, Oct. 2: Corvallis City Council Wards 7 and 8 candidates, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Walnut Community Room, located in the Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station #5, at 4950 N.W. Fair Oakes Drive, off Walnut Boulevard. Ward 7 candidate Bill Glassmire plans to attend; Paul Woods cannot. Ward 8 candidates Frank Hann, Carl Price and Tracy Yee all have indicated they will attend.
• Friday, Oct. 3: Candidates for state representative in District 16 and state Senate District 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. District 8 incumbent Betsy Close and challenger Sara Gelser both have accepted, and so have District 16 candidates Dan Rayfield and Jacob Vandever.
• Sunday, Oct. 5: Corvallis mayor’s race: 1 to 3 p.m. at the library. Corvallis mayor candidates Biff Traber (current Ward 8 councilor) and Josh Gulliver both have accepted our invitation to attend.
As with our past candidate forums, these are meetings of the Gazette-Times’ editorial board to which the public and candidates have been invited. The public also participates in crafting questions before the event that are posed to each candidate. The doors open a half-hour before the forums get underway.
Gazette-Times editor Mike McInally will serve as moderator. Candidates each will have time to address the audience, then the remainder of the time is given to answering questions taken from the cards and posed by the editorial board. Each candidate answers these questions in turn.
The forums will be reported as news stories online and in our print edition.