Elkhart mayoral, city council hopefuls face off in three forums in two days


Sunday Sept. 20, 2015

Timothy Good asks a question about rights for the disabled at an Elkhart City Council candidates forum, Sept. 17, 2015. By Tim Vandenack

Timothy Good asks a question about rights for the disabled at an Elkhart City Council candidate forum, Sept. 17, 2015. By Tim Vandenack

It’s election season and I’ve already got three campaign forums under my belt, live tweeted all of them.

GOP mayoral challenger Tim Neese, right, and Mayor Dick Moore, a Democrat seeking his second term, at a campaign forum, Sept. 19, 2015. By Tim Vandenack

GOP mayoral challenger Tim Neese, right, and Mayor Dick Moore, a Democrat seeking his third term, at a campaign forum, Sept. 16, 2015. By Tim Vandenack

One of the forums featured nine Elkhart City Council candidates, almost as many as at the GOP presidential debate. A City Council forum coming up will feature 17 candidates on stage all at once.

The two Elkhart mayoral hopefuls had two forums, both on the same day. I wrote a story after the first one, held at noon, then beefed it up with new comments after the second one, which finished at 7:30 p.m.

Look here.

The nine hopefuls for three at-large Elkhart City Council posts faced off in a two-hour forum the day after. I raced back to the office when it was done, ate five or so of the homemade cookies there I had pilfered, filed my story. Hard to get depth, but I made sure to mention each candidate.

Story is here.

I received a call the next day from a leading local Democrat wondering why I didn’t have more comments from the Democrats in the council forum. I noted that I had mentioned all nine, including at least one highlight of what they said. The remaining comments were some of the more interesting things to come out, regardless of party affiliation.

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