JAMESTOWN – Voters in the City of Jamestown will have a chance to learn more about those running for city council on Thursday during a forum at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
A total of twelve candidates who are running for various positions within the council will discuss their ideas during a nearly two-hour forum on Thursday at 6 p.m.
WRFA’s Public Affairs Director Jason Sample will moderate and ask the group several questions regarding city government. Each candidate will also have an opportunity to introduce themselves and explain why they are running for office.
The debate will be streamed live on WNYNewsNow’s 24/7 streaming network and Facebook page. The debate can also be heard on WRFA at 107.9 FM and streaming audio at WRFALP.com/Streaming.
The forum will be split into two parts with all six at-large candidates taking the stage from 6 to 7 p.m.
At-large: Kimberly Ecklund (R, C, I), Tamu Graham-Reinhardt (D, I, WF), Raven Mason Thompson (Libertarian), Gregory Rabb (D, I, WF), Jeffrey Russell (R, C), and Taylor Scott (D, WF).
Then the six candidates who are vying for the three contested ward seats will take the stage from 7 to 8 p.m.
Ward 1: Brent Sheldon (R, C, I) and Tim Smeal (D, WF, Libertarian)
Ward 4: Marie Carrubba (D, I, WF) and Brittnay Spry (R, C, Libertarian)
Ward 5: Maria Jones (D) and Grant Olson (R)
A meet and greet with the candidates will take place immediately after the forum concludes, giving audience members and the public a chance to meet with and talk with various candidates.
The event is free to attend. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis to Jamestown residents.
The forum will take place at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts inside the Media Arts Studio (108 E. Third St., Third Floor).
Attendees can begin arriving at 5 p.m. in the studio’s pre-function room. The main Media Arts Studio will open at 5:30 p.m. The forum will have prompt start time of 6 p.m.
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