(Media release) — This election season Malama O Puna will once again host a series of candidate forums to assist the public in making informed choices. All the candidates for a given race will be invited. All questions will be worded in a neutral, non-leading form. Candidates will rotate first through last in the answering sequence, so that no one has an unfair advantage. Each candidate will give an introductory statement of three minutes.
Because Malama O Puna is an environmental nonprofit, its board will select the first three to five questions. They will not be yes-no questions, but will require knowledge of the issue and allow the attendees to gain an insight into the thinking of the candidate. The next phase of the program will open the floor to questions from the audience until 8 p.m., when the event ends.
The public is encouraged to attend all the forums. Malama O Puna does, however, request that everyone arrive early so that the forum can move forward without any interruptions or disruptions.
Following is the candidate forum schedule:
Council Districts 4 & 5: Thursday, July 14
State House & Senate: Monday, July 18
Mayor, Hawai‘i County: Thursday, July 21
Prosecuting Attorney: Monday, July 25*
*only if race is contested
All forums will be held at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility and will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.
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