Indianapolis West Side Candidates to Discuss Issues October 16 at West Side Chamber of Commerce Community Forum
Indianapolis League of Women Voters Will Moderate
Issues important to people who live in Marion County and especially Decatur, Wayne and Pike Townships can hear the positions of elected officials and candidates who affect west side voters. Candidates will present their visions for the west side, the city and Indiana during the 2018 Candidates’ Forum presented by the West Side Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters. The Forum, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., is at the MSD of Wayne Township Chapel Hill 7th and 8thGrade Center, 7320 W. 10th St.
Citizens will be able to talk one-on-one with candidates beginning at 6 p.m. Citizens should enter through doors 13 and 14 on the north side of the Center.
“Our West Side has many opportunities and we need to know the positions candidates will take to benefit our neighborhoods,” said West Side Chamber of Commerce President Robert Bering. Bering is president of Bering CPA Firm LLC. He said the Chamber focuses on issues affecting Decatur, Wayne and Pike Townships.
FORUM TO BE A DISCUSSION, NOT A DEBATE
“We are honored to partner with the Indianapolis League of Women Voters to moderate the 2018 Forum,” said, David L. Shank, forum executive producer and Chamber Board member. He is president of Shank Public Relations Counselors. The League brings unmatchable credibility he said.
League president and forum moderator Rhea Cain will ask each candidate two questions and then a written question will be taken from the audience. League members will time the responses and coordinate questions. Cain has been committed to the Indianapolis League, an all-volunteer organization, for eight years. In her professional life, she is controller and human resources director for P.H. Drew, Inc. A west-side native, she is a graduate of Speedway High School.
FORUM GOES GLOBAL WITH FACEBOOK LIVE
“No matter where a constituent lives they can participate through the Chamber’s page on Facebook Live” said Shank.
Other social media access points are:
LinkedIn: West Side Chamber of Commerce – Indianapolis
The Forum will be videotaped for replay on the Indianapolis Government Television Channel 16.
VOTERS CAN HAVE TABLE-SIDE CONVERSATIONS WITH CANDIDATES
Constituents can talk one-on-one with the candidates in the lobby before the forum begins. Candidates may set up tables with their campaign information and talk with voters.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for west side citizens to raise significant questions, ask the candidates pointed questions and explore issues critical to the dynamic west side,” Shank said. “The Chamber has presented Candidate Forums for each election cycle since 2010. It’s a true public service as we work to keep our west side community informed about issues that affect everyday lives.”
The Wayne Township Schools’ 7th and 8th Grade Center was selected “because it is a mid-point for the three townships – Pike, Wayne and Decatur – the Chamber serves,” Shank explained.
The mission of the West Side Chamber of Commerce is to promote vibrant, sustainable economic development and strengthen the quality of life in the west side community by:
- Attracting, retaining, and connecting businesses;
- Advocating pro-business public policies, and;
- Assisting businesses in actively engaging in the community.