Marquette County Commissioner Michael Quayle has organized a candidates forum for 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Community Room at the Peter White Library.
Quayle said in promotion materials that "the forum will be a good opportunity for the public to ask questions and learn more about each candidate's platforms, ideas, and goals, but more importantly for candidates to hear issues of concern from voters."
All candidates running for county and city seats representing districts in Marquette have been invited to attend.
We think this is a good opportunity albeit that the idea of a candidate organizing a candidates' forum seems a little self-serving.
Quayle said politicians will each have about five minutes to discuss their platform and then field questions and statements from the audience.
Quayle said "the main purpose of the forum is to encourage people to ask face-to-face questions of candidates.
Government is not a 'spectator sport' by taking an active role in how government operates, and making informed voting decisions, the community benefits with more responsive and representative government."
Again, we think that these opportunities like Monday night's forum, and other forums presented locally recently with other candidates, are good for voters.
Getting to put a face -and a hopefully a stance or two on a few issues- to a name on a ballot is a great opportunity, especially when you get to ask questions yourself and see the candidate in person.
Election day is not far off and these opportunities to better acquaint ourselves with candidates and issues are good things to be involved in.