If you go
What: Moffat County tea party candidate forum
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7
— The event is open to the public.
Moffat County residents hoping to learn more about candidates for county public offices will have their chance tonight.
The Moffat County tea party is scheduled to host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. tonight at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.
All county candidates are expected to attend, save for Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz and corner candidate Larry Dalton, tea party member Billie Jacobs said.
“This will be a good chance for the candidates to get their stances out there,” she said.
The forum will be set up so every candidate will answer the same questions as other candidates running for the same position.
After all the pre-determined questions have been asked, the public will get an opportunity to ask their own questions.
“We want everyone to be able to get their voice out there,” Jacobs said. “Both candidates and the residents of this county.”
In the past, tea party forums have allowed candidates to speak freely, but Jacobs said organization members thought an itinerary would allow more voices from the community to be heard.
“There are no restrictions to what people can ask,” she said. “The public wants to make sure the politicians do what they say they are going to.”
Tea party member Rick Barnes also stressed the importance of community involvement.
“This won’t be like candidates talking on the radio or being quoted in the paper,” he said. “This will allow locals to get to know the candidates and ask their own questions.
“We want it to feel like a group discussion, not just (the candidates) talking to the community.”
The forum, while being hosted by the tea party, is not about political affiliations, Barnes said.
“It doesn’t matter if the candidates are Republican or Democrat,” he said. “We want to give them all a platform so their plans can be heard.”
The tea party, which has chapters in all 50 states, is designed to bring government back to a more constitutional-based government, Jacobs said.
“We know how the county used to be run,” she said. “We are just trying to get it back to the way it was when it was first created.”