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New twists for Butte County election forums – Chico Enterprise-Record


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CHICO — Choosing a different way to hear and meet the candidates in the upcoming March 3 primary election, the League of Women Voters of Butte County has announced two events with new twists.

It will sponsor a candidates forum for Butte County supervisors in January at Butte College, plus what the league is calling “speed dating” in February for any candidate available who will represent Butte County.

The candidates forum will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Butte College’s Black Box Theater at the main campus in Butte Valley, 3536 Butte Campus Drive.

“Because we are a county league and have more south county and Oroville-area people affected by the supervisors’ races, we wanted to put the forum somewhere more centrally located. Butte College does that,” said the league’s Carol Burr of Chico.

The event will feature District 1 incumbent Bill Connelly and challenger Ian Greene in the Oroville area, and District 4 challengers Sue Hilderbrand and Tod Kimmelshue for the area that includes south Chico, Durham and some of Oroville. Current District 4 Supervisor Steve Lambert is not running, and early candidate Nate Wilkinson has withdrawn.

Paradise area Supervisor Doug Teeter is running against Henry Schleiger, but Teeter has a scheduling conflict on Jan. 15 so neither candidate will appear at the forum.

The event will be livestreamed on the league’s website, www.lwvbuttecounty.org, as well as being repeat broadcast on BCAC TV and YouTube.

New to candidate coverage, the “speed dating” event will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 at Chico High School’s Lincoln Center, 901 The Esplanade.

The concept is to allow voters access to all candidates, according to Burr.

“Congressman Doug LaMalfa was not available for the forum, so that challenger Audrey Denney couldn’t be involved. However, any and all the candidates can be at the speed dating event, so it gives voters the chance to see and talk with candidates.

“It’s also much less formal, but there are still rules.”

All candidates have been invited to the event and will have the opportunity to make brief statements before breaking into an informal roundtable. Voters will be able to sit with candidates in a one-on-one situation and ask questions or converse with candidates.

There is no charge for either event, and updated information will be posted on the league’s website www.lwvbuttecounty.org.


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