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Public forum dates set

February 1, 2007

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Several election forums planned for City Commission race

Several forums are planned between now and the City Commission election night in April. Enlarge video

Let the speeches begin.

Lawrence's Voter Education Coalition has announced four forum dates for Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence School Board candidates.

The first one is a meet-and-greet event at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

"It is going to be a good chance to hear the candidates stand up and tell us who they are," said Bobbie Flory, the executive director of the Lawrence Home Builders Association and a spokeswoman for the Voter Education Coalition. "We're definitely encouraging the public to come. It is for everyone who wants to be an educated voter."

The Monday event will be the lone event sponsored by the coalition before the Feb. 27 primary election for City Commission.

The coalition will host three events before the April 3 general election for city and school board candidates. They are:

¢ 7 p.m. March 5 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

¢ 7 p.m. March 14 at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.

¢ 7 p.m. March 28 at a location to be determined.

Flory said the March 5 and March 28 forums will focus on specific issues. The coalition will meet to decide those issues in early February. The March 14 forum will cover a variety of topics. That forum will be taped and broadcast on Sunflower Broadband at a date to be determined.

The Voter Education Coalition is made up of 14 organizations and businesses that have agreed to host forums rather than each host a separate event. Participants in the coalition include AARP; Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center; Lawrence Chamber of Commerce; Farm Bureau; KLWN/KLZR; Landlords of Lawrence; Lawrence Board of Realtors; Lawrence Education Association; Lawrence Home Builders Association; Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods; League of Women Voters; and The World Company, which owns the Journal-World.

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