Big Bear Valley, CA, September 8, 2010, 3:00pm – The Lighthouse Project will host a series of three Voter Forums this month to provide an opportunity for the public to meet local candidates running for election. Program Director Beth Gardner says a theme of the forums will be campaign ethics and the political climate of the valley as she states, “We wish to raise awareness among voters of the fact that negativity in our political processes inhibits our community from reaching its full potential. We will be asking candidates to comment on that, as well as how they perceive their roles as public servants, and what they wish to accomplish while in office”. Gardner also stated that the forums will provide for candidates to introduce themselves and answer questions from the audience which will be drawn randomly and assigned to candidates randomly, while ensuring equal time for each candidate to respond. Individuals running for uncontested seats for the Big Bear City Airport Board, Municipal Water District Board and the Bear Valley Community Health Care District Board will also be invited to participate. The Lighthouse Project schedule for Voter Forums will be held over a series of evenings each beginning at 7 pm and will be held at Community Church by the Lake and the public is encouraged to attend. The first in the series will be Wednesday, September 15, with candidates running for the Big Bear City Community Services District. The next Voter Forum will be on the following Wednesday, September 22, for candidates running for the Big Bear Lake City Council. The final Voter Forum will be on Wednesday, September 29, for candidates running for the Bear Valley Unified School District Board, the Big Bear City Airport Board and the Bear Valley Community Health Care District Board.
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