Elkhart Truth: League of Women Voters to host forum

ELKHART — The League of Women Voters of Elkhart County and IU South Bend’s American Democracy Project will be hosting their Meet the Candidates evening at the Lerner Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday.

The event, which will begin with a candidates forum at 6 p.m., will include a 7 p.m. debate-watch party with livestreaming of WNDU’s closed-studio debate between District 2 congressional candidates Jackie Walorski and Mel Hall.

It will be followed by uncontested candidate remarks at 8 p.m. and a networking reception at 8:30 p.m.. The informal networking reception will provide voters with an additional opportunity to talk one-on-one with local candidates.

“Voters will have a unique opportunity to learn more about candidates from township trustee to U.S. Congress at this fun-filled Meet the Candidates event,” said Elizabeth Bennion, the American Democracy Project director and Tuesday’s forum moderator. “The names on the ballot will come to life as voters hear from candidates running for important township, county, and state level races in their community.”

Featured races at the forum include delegates for U.S. Senate, Indiana Senate District 11, Indiana House Districts 21 and 48, in addition to several county races.

“Absentee-in-person voting has already started, but we encourage people to hold off on casting their ballots until they have an opportunity to hear from the candidates,” said Bennion. “This event will allow voters to compare candidates side-by-side as they discuss their policy positions and priorities in their own words.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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