The League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia will host two Candidates Forums for the municipal elections in Savannah on Oct. 3. The forums are designed to help voters learn more about the issues directly from candidates and their positions on the city’s concerns.
The Savannah at-large candidates forum will happen at 5:30 p.m., and the Savannah mayoral candidates forum follows at 7:30 p.m. Both forums take place at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm St.
Food trucks will be on hand before the first forum and between the two forums. Both events are free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to pre-register at lwvcga.org.
Participants also can submit their questions for the candidates via the League’s website at lwvcga.org. The League also will be working with community stakeholder groups to gather questions.
“The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government,” said Rebecca Rolfes, President of the LWVCGA. “We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. This forum gives voters support in all those aspects of a democracy. We invite you to submit questions and come to this unfiltered, open discussion.”
The League asks participants not to bring signs or hand out campaign literature at the event. In the spirit of civil discourse, a primary tenet of the League, attendees also are asked to refrain from disrupting the candidates’ responses or demonstrating in any way.
Dr. Bertice Berry, a local sociologist, author, and lecturer, will serve as the moderator for the Mayoral Forum. Dawn Baker, a news anchor on WTOC-TV, will serve as the moderator for the At-Large Candidates Forum. The moderators pose the public’s questions to the candidates and manage the proceedings. Time keeper, Carl Looper, will ensure that each candidate has an equal opportunity to address the issues of interest to the audience.
The League is partnering with the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Forever Tybee, the Junior League of Savannah, 100 Miles and the Savannah Morning News for the event.