The editors of OrangePolitics are excited to announce our live online candidate forums for the upcoming Orange County Board of Education general election and Orange County Board of Commissioners Democratic primary election. Local journalist Kirk Ross, former editor of the Carrboro Citizen and a regular columnist for both the Citizen and the Independent Weekly, will serve as the moderator of both forums.
Each forum will consist of a real-time written conversation between the candidates and the moderator. Questions for the forums will be solicited from OrangePolitics readers both before and during the forums. What questions would like to see asked?
As with our previous candidate forums, the moderator will have final say in question selection. The forums will take place online at orangepolitics.org, with one evening dedicated to each race covered.
- Orange County Board of Education: Wednesday, April 11, 7:00-8:30 pm
- Orange County Board of Commissioners (Democratic primary): Sunday, April 15, 7:00-9:00 pm
Readers will be encouraged to observe each forum and to participate in a simultaneous, separate blog thread where they can discuss the forum and propose follow-up questions. OP editors will monitor this discussion in real time and feed readers' questions and follow-up topics to the moderator. Candidates will also be encouraged to ask each other questions and to comment on each others' responses.
OP readers: Now is the time to start suggesting forum topics and questions. You can make your suggestions via comments on this blog post, the OP contact form (http://orangepolitics.org/contact), Twitter (http://twitter.com/orangepolitics), and Facebook (http://facebook.com/orangepolitics).
For more information about the 2012 election, visit the election section of OP for important dates and more at http://www.orangepolitics.org/elections-2012.