Friday, October 11, 2013

Hailey candidates to discuss issues

‘Pizza and Politics’ forum set for Wednesday, Oct. 16


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer


    Four candidates vying for seats on the Hailey City Council will talk about their campaigns and discuss issues at a Pizza and Politics forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Old Blaine County Courthouse second-floor meeting room.
    Pizza and Politics provides an opportunity for the public and local media to learn about candidates’ political platforms and question them about their plans, if chosen for public office.     The event is organized and sponsored by the Idaho Mountain Express.
    The Express will buy the pizza, but the public needs to bring their questions. Press and public attending should take note that questions cannot specifically address one candidate but must be answerable by all candidates. The event will last a maximum of 90 minutes.
    In Hailey, two challengers have stepped forward to run against incumbents Don Keirn and Martha Burke in the Nov. 5 city election. Hailey Planning and Zoning Commissioner Geoffrey Moore is running against Keirn for Seat No. 2. Marketron Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Walt Denekas is running against Burke for Seat No. 1.
    Burke and Keirn have both had long terms of service on the City Council. Burke, a resident of Old Hailey, is seeking her sixth term in office. Keirn is seeking a fourth term on the four-person legislative panel.
    Denekas said in an interview that he is running for office because he wants to promote a more balanced economy. Moore said he can bring meaningful experience to the post.
   The non-partisan Pizza and Politics forum will begin with introductory speeches given by each candidate. Then reporters will be given a chance to ask questions, followed by questions from other audience members.
    Candidates will also be able to ask one question of their competitors. The events will end with 30-second closing statements from each political hopeful.    
Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com





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