Stark GOP to hold Feb. 26 candidate forum

Stark County Republican Chair Mike Bigger announced that the GOP county committee is sponsoring a candidate forum at 6 p.m., February 26 at the News Room Bistro, in Toulon.

The only contested race on the ballot for the March 20 primary is that for resident county judge between Republicans Bruce Fehrenbacher, of rural Bradford, and Robert Rennick, Jr., of Toulon.

In addition, all voters will be asked if they favor or oppose a proposal by the Stark County Board to increase the county public safety sales tax from .50 cents per dollar to 1.25 cents. If enacted by the voters, the revenue derived would go primarily to support the Sheriff’s Office.

Bigger will moderate the forum. He said that all candidates for office, even those unopposed, would be introduced at the beginning of the program and given the opportunity to speak very briefly, no more than two or three minutes.

Then the two candidates for judge would be featured. Each candidate would be given five minutes to speak on their own behalf. That would be followed by a few questions from the moderator, after which Bigger would turn to the audience for questions of the judicial candidates.

The final activity of the evening is to be a discussion of the proposed increase in the public safety tax.

County Board Chair Al Curry is expected to present the reasons the board put the issue on the ballot. Curry would then take questions from the audience. Persons in the audience could also make brief statements pro or con about the proposal.

Candidate Forum
Monday, February 26, 6 p.m.
News Room Bistro in Toulon
• All candidates able to briefly speak
• Judge candidates presented with questions
• Information pertaining to the proposed public safety tax increase

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