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Mayoral forum, alderman question, answer session planned

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Updated: 10:07 AM
Staff Report
Staff Report

Citizens from Brookport  and Metropolis will have an opportunity to hear directly from participating mayoral candidates when they answer a variety of questions at a public mayoral forum on Thursday, March 9 at 6 p.m.
The event will take place at Metropolis Community Center, at 900 W. 10 th St. and the moderator for the evening will be Phil Hunerkoch, from Bristol Broadcasting’s WKYQ, better known to radio listeners as Bobby, from the Bobby and Steve morning show.  Hunerkoch is a Massac County resident and not eligible to vote in the city election.
In the City of Brookport incumbent Mayor John Klaffer is running for re-election and faces challenger Tammy Wessell.  Metropolis’ race for mayor has four candidates vying for the position.  Incumbent Mayor Billy McDaniel, seeks another term in office.  His challengers include: Richard Corzine Jr., Julian “Butch” Adams and Alderman David McManus.
The first hour of the evening will concentrate on questions for Brookport candidates.  The remainder of the time will be devoted to questions for the Metropolis mayoral candidates.
A list of potential questions will be sent to the candidates participating in the evening forum.  Each candidate will have three minutes to respond to the questions that are asked. 
The Metropolis Planet will stream the forum live on our Facebook page.  The forum will also be recorded and uploaded to our You Tube Channel, for individuals who miss the Facebook Live event.
 In addition to the mayoral forum on March 9, the following day, Friday, March 10, the Planet will host a sit-down question and answer session with the candidates running for a seat on the Metropolis City Council beginning at 1 p.m.  Facebook Live events will be held for each question and answer session.
This is the first time the Planet has sponsored a townhall candidate forum. “ Residents have voiced they feel out-of-touch with the local government.  This forum will allow residents to interact with candidates and hear from them directly,” said Areia Hathcock, Planet general manager.
According to Hathcock, Metropolis is moving in a  positive direction and this will be an opportunity for candidates to share with residents how they plan to keep that positive movement going forward.
Anyone who has questions they would like to be considered for the forum may call or e-mail the Planet at 618-524-2141 or e-mail 

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