Candidates face off at forum on Sept. 27

Candidates for County Superintendent of Schools, State Assembly District 26 will face off in Visalia


VISALIA– In a democracy, elections are the public’s way of hiring its representatives. Campaigns are, essentially, job applications and candidate forums are job interviews. Forums are an opportunity for the voters to see and hear candidates’ views on crucial issues.

The first of local candidate forums for the upcoming Nov. 6 General Election will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in Visalia. The forum will focus on two races affecting the entire county.

For the first time in a quarter century, the race for Tulare County Superintendent of Schools does not include an incumbent. Invited to this Forum are both candidates: Superintendent of Exeter School District Tim Hire and Deputy Superintendent of Tulare County Schools Craig Wheaton.

Next on tap for this evening are the candidates for State Assembly District 26, which includes most of the north-western quadrant of Tulare County. Surviving a hotly contested primary race are incumbent Devon Mathis and Tulare City Councilman Jose Sigala.

The Forum takes place at the Tulare County Office of Education, 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., between Visalia and Tulare. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Candidates for Superintendent of Schools take the stage at 6 p.m., and those for State Assembly at 7:15 p.m. There will be an opportunity for members of the public to submit questions during both sessions.

Melinda Morales, Public Relations Specialist with Adventist Health and former opinion page editor with the Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance- Register, will moderate.

The event is free and is handicapped-accessible. A food truck will be available in the parking lot.

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