Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Civic Literacy

Thanks to the League of Women Voters, Fayetteville citizens have an opportunity to be better informed when making their choices for Mayor and City Council. Local League activists have organized a number of forums with the candidates, and these will be shown several times in the next few weeks on the Government Channel 16, one of our three public affairs channels on the Fayetteville cable system.

Last week, the League conducted joint interviews with the Quorum Court candidates in JP District 5. Yesterday, they interviewed the candidates for contested City Council seats in Ward 1, Ward 2, and Ward 4. Tonight, they are sponsoring a forum with the six Fayetteville mayoral candidates, beginning at 6: 30 p.m. in the Walker Room at the Fayetteville Public Library.

On Thursday, the Sierra Club will host a candidate forum on environmental concerns in the UA Law School courtroom, with City Council candidates interviewed at 6:00 p.m. and mayoral candidates at 7:00 p.m. Those are open to the public and will be taped for showing later on Community Access Television, Channel 18 on the Fayetteville cable system.

If you want additional information on the mayoral candidates, the best online source is The Fayetteville Flyer, which has posted two interviews with each candidate and provided links to their campaign websites.

Ignorance is no excuse, at least for Fayetteville voters. You can judge the candidates on that point for yourself.

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