List is building for Hansville candidates forum

HANSVILLE — Hansville’s candidate forums are always a big deal. Capacity crowds fill the community center to hear those who want to represent the public in various offices.

The homemade pie and coffee probably doesn’t hurt.

Six candidates and a representative for a governor candidate have committed so far for the Meet the Candidates Night Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Greater Hansville Community Center. More candidates could commit before then.

“On Aug. 22, I sent invitations to the two top winners in several races to attend our event,” emailed Lois Lee, organizer of this year’s event. “Candidates have until Sept. 4 to respond, so while I am happy to tell you who has responded so far, please make note that this may not be the final result.”

Duly noted.

Here’s who’s committed so far.
— Governor: A representative for Jay Inslee will come, yet to be named. 
— District 23 state Senate: Christine Rolfes.
— District 23 state representative, Position 1: Sherry Appleton, Tony Stephens.
— District 23 state representative, Position 2: Capt. James Olsen.
— Kitsap County Commissioner, District 1: Rob Gelder.
— Kitsap County Commissioner, District 2: Linda Simpson.

Mike Kreidler, candidate for state insurance commissioner, responded to his invitation and said he can’t attend because he has a previous engagement.

Here’s how the forum will work. Catherine Ahl of the League of Women Voters will secure questions from attendees on index cards and give them to the moderator, Fred Nelson, to ask the candidates. Jo Nelson will time candidates’ responses, assuring everyone will have equal time to respond. Participants may not record the event.

The forum begins at 7 p.m. “We always serve homemade pie and coffee before the event [at 6:30 p.m.],” Lee reported.


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