Candidate forum scheduled April 24

HOOD RIVER -- Groups representing agriculture, business, education, social services and land-use issues will pose questions April 24 at the only candidates forum scheduled during the primary election season in Hood River County.

All candidates for the two contested positions on the Hood River Board of Commissioners, State House District 52 and State Senate District 26 have confirmed plans to attend the forum.

The event, organized by the Citizens for Responsible Growth, will provide all candidates equal time to answer questions prepared by groups representing a range of Hood River County interests.

The Citizens for Responsible Growth has solicited questions from longtime orchardist Tim Annala, the Hood River County School District, The Next Door, the Mid-Columbia Board of Realtors, the Hood River Valley Residents Committee, and Hood River County Chamber of Commerce.

The public also will have a chance to ask questions during the event at the Hood River Middle School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The forum for candidate remarks and prepared questions runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Questions from the floor will follow.

Candidates attending the forum include:

Board of Commissioners, At-large: incumbent John Arens; Rodger Schock; Position 1: incumbent Carol York; Ladd Henderson; State House Dist. 52: Incumbent Patti Smith, R-Corbett; Larry Cramblett, D-Cascade Locks; State Senate Dist. 26: Incumbent Rick Metsger, D-Welches; Bob Montgomery, R-Cascade Locks.

Each candidate will get time to make a three-minute opening statement. Questions will follow. Each candidate will have seen the questions at least a week prior to the event, and will have two minutes to answer during the forum.

The forum will allow voters a chance to learn more about candidates before mail-in ballots arrive at their homes beginning in early May.

For more information about the Hood River Citizens for Responsible Growth, call 541-386-6221 or 490-3051.

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