The Cheshire County Candidates Forum will be held October 16 at 2pm in the Ruth Huntress Auditorium of the Keene Public Library. A total of 27 candidates from 3 parties were invited, 9 candidates have accepted the invitation to attend.
This event will be recorded with plans to submit the forum to Cheshire TV for broadcast before the election. Additionally, arrangements are being made to livestream the event online.
There will be sample ballots available for all 5 Wards in Keene and a table will be available for candidates to distribute literature.
The forum schedule will be followed as closely as possible.
Cheshire County Candidates Forum Schedule:
2PM event begins introduction & explain format
Larry Phillips -State Rep. Cheshire 5 (10 minutes) – 2 minute opening statement, 8 minute Q&A with questions from moderator & audience (90 second response)
Hardy Macia – US Congress 2 (15 minutes) – 2 minute opening statement, 13 minute Q&A questions from moderator & audience (90 second response)
John Babiarz – Governor (15 minutes) – 2 minute opening statement, 13 minute Q&A questions from moderator & audience (90 second response)
Twenty five (25) minute debates will be held for each of the three races with multiple candidates attending. The debates will have 4 parts:
1) each candidate will have 90 seconds to make an opening statement;
2) 8 minute Q&A with questions from the moderator (alternating first response – first candidate to respond gets 60 seconds, second candidate gets 60 seconds, first candidate gets 30 seconds to rebut;
3) “Rapid Fire” questions from the audience – each question answered by only 1 candidate, 60 second response (each candidate will have 3 rapid fire questions)
4) each candidate 60 second closing.
Darryl W. Perry & Anna Tilton – Register of Deeds
Keith Carlsen & Tim Robertson – State Rep. Cheshire 6
Ian Freeman & Chuck Weed – State Rep. Cheshire 16
4PM event ends