Editorial: Tonight's candidate forum will give you insight into those running for office

You've probably seen signs on the side of the road touting a candidate for a local election. Perhaps you've seen a candidate's posts on social media. But outside of that, you have no idea what the person stands for.

Here's your chance tonight.

The local League of Women Voters hosts a candidate forum at 6 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center. There is no cost to attend, and the public is encouraged to come.

Speakers are candidates for four city races in Dalton and Varnell. In Dalton, Mayor Dennis Mock is challenged by former Mayor David Pennington while Sam Sanders faces incumbent Pablo Perez for his seat on the board of education. Two seats are contested on the Varnell City Council. Seat 3 incumbent David Owens faces Sandy Pangle while Seat 5 incumbent Bob Roche takes on Richard Lowe. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Those running for elected office will give an opening statement, then a representative with the League of Women Voters will ask them questions. Candidates will also take questions from the audience. The event concludes with closing statements from each candidate.

Candidate forums are a terrific way to hear unfiltered, unrehearsed responses from those wishing to serve us in an elected position. The chance to ask them questions during the forum is another way to gauge their views on different topics. Before and after the event, you may have a chance to ask candidates a followup question, or just simply meet them.

We encourage you to attend tonight's forum to help you become a more knowledgable and informed voter.

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