High School Students Encouraged to Submit Questions for the Candidates

LHS Students Host Political Forums – Oct 11-12 ………………

With election of state and local officials just a month away, Lakeland High junior Paul Meadors has organized a two-night event to inform local voters of their choices.

Meadors is encouraging any high school student in Suffolk to submit questions they would like the candidates to answer to tinyurl.com/yavpoytj

The first event will focus on local government elections, with invitations extended to City Council candidates and School Board candidates. The local election forum will be held at Lakeland High on Thursday, Oct. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

City Council candidates who have confirmed their participation include Leroy Bennett (Cypress Borough) and Mike Duman (Chuckatuck Borough).  Both incumbents are running unopposed.  The Holy Neck and Suffolk Boroughs also have City Council elections, and candidates have been invited.

School Board candidates who plan to participate include Sherri Story and Diane Foster, running for the Chuckatuck Borough seat, Karen Jenkins running for Cypress Borough, and Lorita Mayo and Sonya Allen, seeking the Holy Neck Borough seat. Voters in the Suffolk Borough will also elect a School Board member.  All candidates have been invited.

The second event — on Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. — will focus on state elections, with invitations to candidates for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives 4th District.  Representatives for U.S. Senate candidates Timothy Kaine and Corey Stewart will participate, as well as 4th District candidates Ryan McAdams, Donald McEachin and Peter Wells.

Meadors is encouraging any high school student in Suffolk to submit questions they would like the candidates to answer to tinyurl.com/yavpoytj

“I wanted to do something within my interests which would positively impact my community and also to increase student civic engagement,” Meadors explained. “Thirdly, and finally, I wanted to create a more informed electorate going into the 2018 midterm elections.”

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