Three nights of primary election candidate forums will be held at the Champaign City Council chambers next month, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, the NAACP Champaign County and The News-Gazette. The primary election is March 18, but early voting begins on March 3.
Here's the lineup:
Champaign County board
7 p.m. — District 6 Democratic candidates Pattsi Petrie and Tony Fabri
7:30 p.m. — District 7 Democratic candidates Alan Kurtz and C. Pius Weibel
8 p.m. — District 9 Democratic candidates Ralph L. Langenheim and Shana Jo Harrison
8:30 p.m. — District 11 Democratic candidates Lorraine Cowart and Brent West
13th Congressional District
7 p.m. — Republican candidates Michael Firsching of Moro and Erika Harold of Urbana. (U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said he is unable to attend).
8 p.m. — Democratic candidates Ann Callis of Edwardsville, George Gollin of Champaign and David Green of Champaign
103rd Illinois House District
7 p.m. — Candidates Carol Ammons of Urbana and Sam Rosenberg of Champaign
— Moderators for each of the forums will be provided by the League of Women Voters and the NAACP. The forums will be governed by rules established by the League of Women Voters.
— Candidates will have an opening statement of no more than two minutes to address their qualifications, reasons for running and their priorities. This will be followed by issue questions from the audience (written on index cards, and screened for duplicates and personal attacks). Candidates will alternate in answering questions first and will have one minute to answer. Then each participant will have one minute for their closing statement.
— Candidates are asked to refrain from negative attacks on other candidates, not to mention the other candidate by name, and speak only to what he or she plans to do if elected.
— The forums are free, open to the public and will be broadcast on local cable television.