Douglas County sheriff, district attorney candidate forums to focus on issues specific to people of color, LGBTQ+ communities
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Updated at 4:29 p.m. Wednesday:
Candidates for Douglas County sheriff and district attorney will participate in online forums this week and next that focus on issues that underrepresented populations face.
DA candidates Cooper Overstreet, Suzanne Valdez and incumbent Charles Branson will participate in a forum on the issues that Black people, Indigenous people and people of color and the LGBTQIA communities face with regard to the law, according to a Facebook event page. That forum starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
At 5:30 p.m. Friday, sheriff candidates Lt. Jay Armbrister, Deputy Dale Flory and Capt. Doug Woods will participate in a similar forum.
“Note: We respectfully ask the cisgender, heterosexual, white humans to attend, NOT to ask questions but to listen instead,” the Facebook event pages say.
The forums will be hosted and moderated by community members Jay Pryor, Tiffany Lewis and Clare Nderagakura. The forums will be recorded, and the videos will be posted to Facebook afterward, including on Pryor’s page at facebook.com/jaypryorconsulting.
People can submit questions ahead of time and anonymously by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, Pryor said. Register for the DA forum online at bit.ly/2BAgawU and the sheriff forum at bit.ly/2C0Muc8.
Then, at 1 p.m. Saturday, the district attorney candidates will participate in a forum with the Lawrence branch of the NAACP. The following Saturday, July 18, the local NAACP will host the sheriff candidates. Questions will focus on diversity and the Douglas County Jail, according to Facebook event pages.
“The candidates that we vote for will make important decisions that affect you, your family and your community,” the event pages say. “We all must weigh in!”
The forums will be recorded and later posted to the group’s Facebook page, facebook.com/LawrenceKSNAACP.
Both elections will almost certainly be decided in the Democratic primary on Aug. 4 as no Republicans filed for either position.
Voter registration ends Tuesday, July 14. Advance voting by mail begins the following day, and the deadline to request a mail ballot is Tuesday, July 28. For more information or to check your registration, visit douglascountyelections.com or ksvotes.org.
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