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Princeton, SV candidate forums are March 26

PRINCETON/SPRING VALLEY — Registered voters in Princeton and Spring Valley will get to hear from their city council candidates in forums sponsored by the Bureau County Republican.

In Princeton, the BCR is partnering with the Princeton Chamber of Commerce to co-sponsor a candidates forum at 7:30 a.m. March 26 at the Bureau County Metro Center, 837 Park Ave. West in Princeton. The forum will last until approximately 9 a.m. A light breakfast will be served.

Four candidates, Terry Madsen, Bob Warren, Paul Breseman and Raymond Mabry, are seeking two open positions on the Princeton City Council. Madsen and Warren are incumbents.

In Spring Valley, the BCR will host a candidates forum at 6:30 p.m. March 26 at John F. Kennedy School, 800 N. Richard St. in Spring Valley. Thirteen candidates are running for four alderman positions, and three candidates are running for the mayoral position.

Candidates for the office of Spring Valley mayor are incumbent Cliff Banks and challengers Walt Marini and Jack Narczewski.

Candidates seeking alderman positions are as follows: Ward 1 — Todd Schmollinger and Mike Herrmann; Ward 2 — Jeff Chiaventone, Edward Zeglis, Jill Emerson, Paul Humpage, Chuck Hansen and Fred West; Ward 3 — Mark Actis and Joe Piacenti; Ward 4 — Dave Pellegrini, Ken Bogacz and Julia Messina. Only one candidate is elected from each ward. Hansen is the only incumbent in the list of trustee candidates.

At the March 26 Spring Valley forum, each alderman candidate will be given between three to five minutes to tell those in attendance about himself/herself, why he/she is running for office and any other pertinent information to his/her campaign.

The mayoral candidates will participate in a forum with each candidate given the opportunity to answer questions formulated by the BCR. There will also be an opportunity for a two-minute opening remark statement by each candidate and a two-minute closing remark as well. BCR Publisher Sam Fisher will serve as moderator for the forum.

On Monday, Fisher said, “Again, we are excited to host the candidate forums. As always, we believe these events give the public the opportunity to see the candidates and hear their viewpoints on subjects that matter to the constituents.

“In the past, we have had great attendance at these events, and we hope people will come out and learn about their candidates,” Fisher said.

BCR Editor Terri Simon encouraged residents of both communities to take advantage of these opportunities to meet their candidates.

“Obviously, I’ve attended every forum the BCR has held, and every time, I’ve learned things about the candidates and their platforms that I didn’t know before the event. In this place in time, I think it’s important voters are as informed as possible. I believe these forums will help when it’s ultimately time for people to cast their ballots,” Simon said.

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