Candidates tackle the issues at community forum

The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce Government Matters Committee and the League of Women Voters hosted a candidate forum Tuesday evening at Flint Hills Technical College.
Each session was broken into 45 minute forums and moderated by 60th District Representative Mark Schreiber. City commission candidates addressed questions involving infrastructure concerns, economic development, common consumption areas, public safety and positions on the extension of the industrial use sales tax. Incumbents Jon Geitz and Danny Giefer were joined by challengers Becky Jaggard-Smith and Kelly Wade. Christian Keisler was absent due to a work conference in Las Vegas.
Emporia Chamber President Jeanine McKenna says events like this help to promote a more informed electorate.
USD 253 school board candidates also discussed various topics during their 45 minute forum. Incumbents Mike Crouch and Doug Epp were joined by challengers Iona Moore and Melissa Ogleby. The discussion centered around building maintenance, school funding and the teacher shortage. Candidates also fielded questions over their opinions on random drug-testing for students and the pros and cons of year-round schooling, things some districts in Kansas have already put in place.
Emporia resident Erica Huggard had this take away from Tuesday's forum.
Emporia resident Robbie Hill agreed saying she has more information to help her come Election Day.
Questionnaires were sent to candidates and those are also available to the public by stopping out at the Chamber office, located at 719 Commercial Street. You can also learn more about the candidates by listening to the KVOE Candidate Forums, available in the Audio Vault at KVOE.com. Advanced voting begins Monday. Election Day is Nov. 7.
Emporia City Commission candidates: From left to right - Jon Geitz, Danny Giefer, Becky Jaggard-Smith and Kelly Wade. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News
Emporia School Board candidates: From left to right - Mike Crouch, Doug Epp, Iona Moore and Melissa Ogleby. Photo by Brandon Peoples/KVOE News