GNV, state candidates to attend local forums

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The Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center will host two separate candidate forums on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center will host two separate candidate forums on Wednesday and Thursday involving candidates from the City of Gainesville and statewide races. 

Wednesday’s forum, covering the Gainesville candidates, will be in person and limited to the first 100 arrivals. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the forum starts at 5:30 p.m. on both days. Thursday’s event, though, will be virtual. You can register for the Zoom meeting here

For the Gainesville mayoral and district races, each candidate will answer five questions prepared by the organizers with 90 seconds per question. A public question and answer time will also follow. 

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For the state candidates, the 8th Circuit judicial contenders will give three minute statements to start. Then state congressional and senate candidates follow the same five question format but with 2-3 minutes to respond.

The event will feature candidates for Congressional District 3, State Senate District 9, and House Districts 21 and 22. 

City of Gainesville and Alachua County candidates participated in a separate forum on June 26. We have a recap of that event.

Here’s a list of candidates who have confirmed their attendance: 

  • 8th Judicial Candidates
    • Sean Brewer
    • AuBroncee Starlin Martin
    • Nathan A. Skop
    • Dan Weisman
  • State Senate District 9
    • Rodney Long
    • Keith Perry
  • State House District 21
    • Yvonne Hayes-Hinson
    • Hollye Merton
  • State House District 22
    • Olysha Magruder
  • U.S. Congressional District 3
    • Danielle Hawk
    • Tom Wells
  • Gainesville Mayor
    • David Arreola
    • Ed Bielarski
    • Gary Gordon
    • Gabriel Hillel
    • Donald Shepherd
    • July Thomas
  • Gainesville District 2
    • Ed Book
    • James Ingle
    • Michael Raburn
  • Gainesville District 3
    • Dejeon Lamar Cain
    • Patrick Ingle
    • Casey Willits
  • Gainesville District 4
    • Bryan Eastman
    • Christian Newman

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