Take advantage of opportunities to hear from School Board candidates

As you know, I believe the August 26 and November 4 School Board elections are among the most important opportunities Collier County voters will have this year to influence our future. I’ll be blogging quite a bit about the candidates in the coming weeks, and plan to share who I will be voting for in time for absentee voters to consider my endorsements.

I hope my posts so far have raised your awareness of some of what’s at stake, enough so that you’ll want to take advantage of one or more opportunities to meet and hear from the candidates themselves.

For those who are out of town, I encourage you to watch the League of Women Voters of Collier County’s candidate forums recorded on Thursday, July 10. Click here to access the Video Archive.

If you’re in town, try to make it to one of the Forums and talk to the candidates in person. I’ve spent time with all but one of them (you’ll read about these meetings in the coming weeks) and I can tell you, nothing beats the in-person conversation!

These are the upcoming events I’m aware of. I’ve included links to some of the sponsors you may not be familiar with or know they are active in our community. (I wasn’t.) I encourage your to click through and check them out.

I attended one of the two Forums sponsored by SWFL Citizens Alliance and found it to be quite interesting.  I also attended the League of Women Voters Forum mentioned above.

Do try to make it to one of these upcoming events … and let me know what you think!

Date & Time
Tuesday, July 15;
Forum starts at 7pm; Straw ballot election – 6:45 to 8:45 pm.
Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate 34116 (get directions)
Golden Gate Area Civic Association; Golden Gate Estates Area Civic Association; NAACP of Collier County
Moderated by Rick Borman, host of The Rick Borman Show, 98.9FM Talk Radio.
Candidates will be given a 2 minute speaking opportunity.; then questions will be taken from the floor in written form; candidates will have a one minute response window.
July 17; Doors open at 6:15pm; Forum starts at 7pm
Naples First Baptist Church, 3000 Orange Blossom Dr, Naples 34109 (get directions)
Moderated by Stephanie Susskind, WINK TV News Reporter, and Student or Parent co-moderator TBD.
Candidates will be encouraged to state a yes or no position on questions selected from the Candidate Questionnaire posted on www.SWFLCitizensAlliance.com, the moderators, and the audience
July 22; Doors open at 6:15pm; Forum starts at 7pm
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 936 Trail Blvd, Naples 34108 (get directions)
Moderated by Rick Borman, host of The Rick Borman Show, 98.9FM Talk Radio, and Student or Parent co-moderator TBD. Same format as 7/17 Forum.
July 24
5:30 – 7pm
South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples 34113 (get directions)
East Naples Civic Association, Greater Naples Better Government Committee and the East Naples Kiwanis
District 1 candidates only. Moderated by former Naples Daily News Editorial Page Editor Jeff Lytle. Representatives from the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office will be on hand for voter registration and to answer questions.
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