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Group invites candidates of all parties to multi-town forum

October 13, 2017
By AARON CERBONE - For the News ( , Lake Placid News

SARANAC LAKE - Area residents will have the opportunity to meet candidates running for local office in numerous Tri-Lakes municipalities on Monday, Oct. 16.

The candidate forum will begin at 7 p.m. at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake. It is free and open to the public.

Candidates from towns of Harrietstown, North Elba, Tupper Lake, Brighton, St. Armand and Franklin have been invited to introduce themselves and briefly present why they have chosen to run and what they hope to accomplish. They will then each have two minutes to answer each of nine prepared questions regarding local concerns including if they would consider consolidating services, how they will simultaneously support the environment and economy, what events should be held in the area and if they want to keep Harrietstown's airport.

Though Adirondack Voters for Change is primarily known for supporting progressive, left-leaning candidates, the event is open to all candidates running for office and is a forum, not a debate.

"We're trying to start a new tradition," said Sue Abbott-Jones, a Saranac Laker in the organization. "Normally Voters for Change deals with issues, but we feel the issue is that in these times, the one place where maybe it's the least Republican versus Democrat or conservative versus liberal is on the local level."

So far, candidates have been slow to accept the invitation. So far, six or seven candidates have said they are attending, Abbot-Jones said.

Candidates can mingle with voters before and after the question segment. Refreshments will be provided.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7.



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