Candidates Come to Urbana

The Urbana Civic Association (UCA) will host a candidates’ forum August 23, 7 p.m. at the Urbana fire hall.

Calling it a “one-stop candidate shopping” event, UCA’s Sue Waterman said there will be nearly 50 candidates in attendance vying for local and county elections. If time permits, candidates will each have a minute to speak, followed by an open house format where candidates will be available for one on one meeting time.

If the number of attending candidates becomes too great the UCA will make the decision to open the microphone to only Board of Education and Board of County Commissioners candidates.

In addition, the league of women voters will be onsite to help with voter registrations, said Waterman.

The UCA, a mainstay in the Urbana region has been an influential advocate on issues that impact Urbana such as zoning and most recently providing informational sessions on the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline.

In recent years, however, membership has dwindled and Waterman and UCA President Linda Ropelewski hope the candidates’ forum may draw new faces. The UCA meets the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Urbana Library.

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