Candidates in all contested races for the Sparks and Reno city councils and Washoe County commission have agreed to attend the forum and answer questions side by side with their opposition.
“It’s designed for the public to hear answers to questions that are of public concern,” forum charwoman Bonnie Barber said. “That, hopefully, will help voters make more informed decisions.”
The forum is jointly sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the Northern Nevada Women’s Lobby, Northern Nevada Women’s Lawyers and the League of Women Voters of Northern Nevada.
Candidates for Washoe County Commission will take the stage first, followed by candidates for the Reno City Council, the Sparks City Council and finally the candidates for the Sparks city attorney’s office.
Each of the 18 candidates will get two minutes to tout their own platform, after which they will take turns answering pre-submitted questions from the audience. Following each question and answer session, the candidates will have the opportunity for a one-minute summation to tie up any unanswered questions.
The forum is the first time that both candidates in the hotly contested Sparks city attorney’s race will appear together in an open forum.
“I would like to communicate the fact that my experience my achievements and my litigation skills make me the best candidate for Sparks city attorney,” incumbent city attorney Chet Adams said in anticipation of the event.
His opponent, former city attorney’s office employee Neil Grad, said that he anticipated a chance to explain his plans for change.
“I want to show them that it is time for a change in the leadership of that office,” Grad said. “That office needs to do more money saving and I will out line some of my plans … I want to explain to the audience what I have done in a much longer time of a practice of law. And just answer the questions.”
The forum is the third in a series that the women’s voting organizations have sponsored at Reed High School this year, each of which has drawn about 30 attendees. The first was held on Sept. 16 and featured state and local judicial candidates. The second was held on Sept. 30 and featured both local and statewide school board candidates. All three forums are scheduled to be rebroadcast on Fox, channel 11. A recording of the first forum was televised last week, while the school board forum will appear on television this weekend and tonight’s forum will be televised the following weekend. Event planners were unsure of the television time slot for the final forum.