Mark your calendars to meet the candidates in person Oct. 8

Image of seven candidates sitting on a stage during a candidate forum
Portage County candidates for auditor and commissioner attended an April 2, 2022, forum presented by the League of Women Voters of Kent. Seated, from left to right, are: Ed Dean, Tim Moon, Geraldine Hayes Nelson, Mike Tinlin, Brian Ames, Kristy Elliot and Matt Kelly. Owen MacMillan/The Portager

The League of Women Voters of Kent will hold its up-close candidate forum, Face 2 Face, from 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at Kent United Methodist Church, 1435 E. Main St.

Unlike a candidates’ debate or a town hall, Face 2 Face works like speed dating: Community members sit at tables, usually six or eight per table. The candidates start out with a two-minute introduction, then move from table to table until each contender has visited each table.

Each 10-minute table hop is an opportunity for community members to fire questions at candidates, hold conversations with candidates, or simply get to know where they stand on issues and what’s important to them, said Kent League of Women Voters President Deborah Barber.

The LWV has extended invitations to all county-wide candidates. Community members may ask them any questions they like as long as they are respectful, she said.

Attendees will also be able to check their voter registration, register to vote and change their address if needed. The LWV will also have absentee ballot forms and nonpartisan voting information available.

LWV is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging informed and active participation in government. Its members work to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.