Tuesdayâ€™s candidates forum, hosted by the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, will mark the first time in quite a while that those running for city office will have the chance to face off publicly.
Chamber President Ken Kindley said it has been at least 25 years since a forum was conducted for city candidates, noting that past attempts fell through due to candidates backing out.
This year, all candidates running for seats in the Lincolnton City Council and for mayor in Novemberâ€™s election will be participating.
Each will be given one minute for an opening statement, have seven questions to answer and then make a one-minute closing statement, Kindley said.
The questions, which Kindley said will be both â€œgoodâ€ and â€œfair,â€ are being prepared by members of the Chamberâ€™s governmental affairs committee and will not be available in advance to any candidate. And the floor will not open up for audience participation, he added.
He also said candidates will be asked the same types of questions that apply to both the City Council and the mayoral position and that they will have two minutes to answer each. He noted that there are â€œquality people running,â€ and they should be prepared to give spontaneous answers.
Kindley hopes there will be a good turnout, pointing out that Lincolnton is a â€œvery active and involved communityâ€ and it was difficult to schedule the forum without conflicting with other events.
The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Cultural Center, in the performance hall, and is open to the public.
SARAH LOWERY, Staff Writer