Voters will have the first of two chances Sunday to ask questions of the candidates running for the Jasper County Board of Supervisors before the November election.
The Newton Daily News and KCOB 95.9 FM are partnering to bring voters the inaugural Candidates for Jasper County Supervisor Fall Event from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Peanut Cellar Pub in Newton.
The event, hosted by rural Newton resident Holly Talsma, is meant to give voters a chance to meet and interact with the five candidates vying for two seats on the Jasper County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 6 election.
Holly Talsma, the wife of Republican supervisors candidate Brandon Talsma, said the genesis for a supervisors-only event came following an annual forum in June which featured both local and statewide candidates vying for public office.
“Several individuals questioned Brandon and me regarding a forum with supervisor-only candidates,” Holly Talsma said. “They stated a non-biased and non-party forum should be held. I felt organizing such an event would respond to the request of the citizens and also be beneficial for the candidates. The main goal of the night is to serve the citizens and have all candidates equally represented.”
The forum will be split into two, one-hour segments. The first hour will be a meet and greet with the supervisors candidates. Attendees will have the chance to speak with all candidates one-on-one. During this time, get-to-know the candidates and their views, ideas and goals for Jasper County. Campaign literature and information from each candidate in attendance will also be available at the pub. All five candidates running for the board of supervisors have been invited to attend.
The second hour will be a question and answer forum moderated by Newton Daily News Editor Mike Mendenhall and KCOB 95.9 FM News Director/On Air Personality Randy Van.
Holly Talsma said this is an opportunity forávoters to ask questions and voice concerns to all candidates in attendance. All questions will be submitted into a designated dropbox Sunday night at the pub.
To keep the event unbiased and fair for all candidates, questions will be sealed and only opened during the forum portion of the night. Forum organizers are requiring all questions and concerns be presented in a polite and respectful manner. No derogatory language or personal attacks will be permitted. This event is not meant to degrade any candidate, but to serve the residents of Jasper County and respond to the requests to host such an event.
“When Holly Talsma approached the Newton Daily News about co-sponsoring a non-traditional forum for the Jasper County Board of Supervisors candidates, we were intrigued,” the NDN Editorial Board said in a statement. “We believe there can never be too many opportunities for voters to interact with the leaders campaigning to represent citizens’ interests in government. We’re delighted that KCOB 95.9 FM has agreed to co-moderate this event.”
The NDN will also co-sponsor the League of Women Voters of Jasper County’s Candidates Forum, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at Newton City Hall.
For more information, visit the Candidates for Jasper County Supervisor Fall Event’s Facebook page or contact Newton Daily News at 641-792-3121. This event is free and open to the public.