Forum to feature candidates for major races

OLYMPIA - South Sound residents have the chance to see all of their major local candidates for the November election in one place over two consecutive nights.

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County and The Olympian are sponsoring candidate forums Wednesday and Thursday, at The Olympia Center.

Wednesday will feature candidates for Olympia City Council and the Port of Olympia Commission. Thursday brings hopefuls for the Lacey City Council, Tumwater mayor and Thurston County Commission.

The league has taped interviews with candidates in past elections, said Barb Theiss, the league’s voter services chair. But this year’s event will be live and open to the public.

The league is drafting questions for the candidates based on submissions from the public, Theiss said. Some of the questions may come from audience members, who will be able to write down their suggested queries.

George Le Masurier, publisher of The Olympian, will moderate the events.

Wednesday is an opportunity for all eight candidates for four City Council races to be on the hot seat.

“Each of them will be asked the same question,” Theiss said. There will be eight questions for each of the eight, then the questioning will turn to the port candidates.

There’s not much more time for campaigning. The Nov. 3 election is little more than a month away, and mail-in ballots must, by law, be mailed to voters at least 18 days before the election, according to the Thurston County Auditor’s Web site.