On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Wednesday, Oct. 17, candidates for state and local offices will take questions and discuss issues in three separate Pizza and Politics forums. The events are sponsored and organized by the Idaho Mountain Express as a public service.

    At the first event at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Commons Area of Wood River High School in Hailey, Blaine County residents will have the opportunity to learn about District 26 candidates for the Idaho Senate and Idaho House of Representatives. At the second event at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Bellevue City Hall, voters will learn about two candidates running for mayor of Bellevue. Lastly, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Commissioners Chambers of the Old County Courthouse in Hailey, voters can hear from and ask questions to candidates for two open seats on the Blaine County Board of County Commissioners.

    The following candidates are expected to attend:

•    Idaho House of Representatives: Race 1—Democrat Muffy Davis and incumbent Republican Steve Miller. Race 2—Republican Mike McFadyen and incumbent Democrat Sally Toone.

•   Idaho Senate: Incumbent Democrat Michelle Stennett and Republican Julie Lynn.

•    Bellevue mayor: Ned Burns and Jared Murphy.

•   Blaine County Commission: Race 1—Independent Mickey Garcia and incumbent Democrat Angenie McCleary. Race 2—Democrat Dick Fosbury and Republican Mick Halverson.

    Pizza and Politics provides an opportunity for the public and local media to learn about candidates’ political platforms and question them about their stances on issues. The forums will be moderated by Idaho Mountain Express Editor Greg Foley.

    The Express will provide pizza and soft drinks, and asks the public to bring short questions for the candidates. Press and public attending should take note that questions cannot specifically address one candidate and must be answerable by all candidates in each race.

    The city and state elections are Tuesday, Nov. 6. Absentee and early voting is possible.

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