IFAS | Freedom Writer | March 1996 | guide1.html

Organizing a candidates' forum

By Kathy Frasca

With 1996 promising to be a big election year, opportunities to scrutinize candidates and their agendas should be presented to the public. Candidate forums offer voters and the media the chance to meet and question those who are running for local nonpartisan offices. In order to attract a large audience, you or your group can team up with and co-sponsor the event with other organizations such as the League of Women Voters, the PTA or the Chamber of Commerce. Some basic guidelines for holding a successful forum are:

Issue press releases to the media and send fliers to different organizations publicizing the event. Advise candidates that their names will be advertised on the publications as having been invited to attend.

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