Voters invited to send questions for upcoming issues forum

Local organizations and the Daily Journal are hosting a voter forum later this month and you’re invited to submit questions for the candidates.

The Daily Journal, along with Bridges Alliance of Johnson County, the League of Women Voters of Johnson County and Franklin College’s Department of Political Science, invite voters and candidates to the forum. The event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 23 at the Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St., Franklin.

How to submit questions

Voters who will attend can submit questions on note cards that will be provided at the event. Voters who are unable to attend can also submit questions ahead of time via email to Daily Journal Editor Leeann Doerflein at [email protected]. People who submit questions will remain anonymous, we won’t share your name when asking the question at the forum. Questions could be addressed to a candidate or the group of candidates in general.

Candidates who have RSVP’d so far include people running for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana Senate, Indiana House of Representatives, and the Johnson County offices of commissioner, county council, coroner and judges for Circuit Court and Superior Court 1.

Why attend?

Voters from all over Johnson County can attend to hear from and meet candidates running for local and statewide offices. Meanwhile, candidates can opine about issues impacting voters to a large group and share their vision in intimate conversations with voters.

What’s on the agenda?

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with an introduction by emcee Jody Veldkamp, marketing and communications manager for the Johnson County Public Library.

For approximately 80 minutes starting at 6:40 p.m., local experts will give short presentations on housing, child care, transportation and mental health. The experts include local nonprofit leaders and people with personal experience on the topics. Candidates will speak about each issue following the expert’s presentation.

Discourse on the four topics will be followed up by general questions from the audience, which can be directed to a particular candidate or candidates in general.

The program will end with a 30-minute meet and greet between candidates and voters beginning at 8 p.m.