Johnson County voters to meet candidates, discuss issues at Wednesday forum

Voters and candidates are invited to the Johnson County Voter Forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The forum flips the concept of a candidate forum on its head. At the forum, voters will share the issues most important to them, and candidates running for office will listen.

The event will start with an optional dinner at 6 p.m., to be followed by presentations from sponsors.

Next, members of the community who were tapped by organizers will share their experiences with some of the key needs of Johnson County. Topics to be discussed include broadband access, affordable housing and transportation.

People from the audience may submit questions for the panel and share their own experiences.

Following the forum, voters may meet with candidates at designated areas around the room.

Elected officials and all candidates on the ballot in Johnson County were invited to participate. At least one statewide candidate and about a dozen county, township, school board candidates have RSVP’d for the event.

The event will be moderated by Jody Veldkamp, Johnson County Public Library’s marketing director.

The event is being held at the Schrader Center at Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 East Adams Drive, Franklin.

The event is free and open to the public. The event will be live streamed on the Daily Journal’s Facebook page.

Sponsors are Bridges Alliance of Johnson County, Daily Journal, League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Franklin College’s Department of Political Science, Home Bank and Horizon Bank.