Candidate forums

PASS Parents and Friends
Obviously, a very important part of being an advocate for our children’s education is being an informed voter. The upcoming elections will have huge implications for education in our county….

In the coming weeks, five respected local groups — Farm Bureau of Shenandoah County, Friends of the North Fork, Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, Shenandoah County Education Association, and Shenandoah Forum — will jointly sponsor three different candidate forums, one in each of the districts that has upcoming elections for Board of Supervisors and School Board. On each date below, the doors will open at 6 p.m. and the forum will begin at 7 p.m. Anyone wishing to submit questions must submit them by 7 p.m.

District 1 (New Market, Orkney Springs): October 3rd, North Fork Middle School Cafeteria.

District 4 (Town of Woodstock): October 11th, Peter Muhlenberg Middle School Cafeteria.

District 5 (Toms Brook, Lebanon Church, Cedar Creek): October 12th, Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department.

While most of the candidates for the two boards have agreed to participate, two candidates for Board of Supervisors — Cindy Bailey (D4) and Marsha Shruntz (D5) — have been non-committal at best about participating. I think it’s vitally important for the voters to be able to hear from their candidates about the issues, and have their questions answered. (I, for one, would like to ask Ms. Bailey and Ms. Shruntz about their effort to cut $3 million from the SCPS operating budget and spend it on CIP.)

Our friends at Responsible Leadership for Shenandoah County have commenced a campaign aimed at encouraging candidates to participate using the hashtag “#DONTDUCK!” RLSC is a PAC; PASS is not, but our mission is informing parents, and candidate forums are useful for informing people. We join RLSC in urging all candidates to participate. We also strongly enourage parents to show up for these forums, and to submit questions about education.

Here is a link to RLSC’s post: https://www.facebook.com/SanityForShenCo/posts/1392653157519583

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