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Aurora election night

An Aurora resident organized a community information night to hear from all the candidates running in the upcoming election so that residents could head to the polls next week as informed voters.

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A community information night to hear from the three mayoral candidates and the three trustee candidates for Aurora's upcoming election will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Morgan Opera House.

The event is meant to be a positive informational forum allowing for candidates to inform the community of their election platforms as well as providing the community a chance to ask questions, event organizer and Aurora resident Cody Long said.

As of Thursday night, mayoral candidates Bonnie Apgar Bennett, Barbara Blom and Marie Dentes; as well as trustee candidates Grace Bates, Matthew Bianconi and Janet Murphy all said they plan to attend the event, Long said in an email to The Citizen on Friday.

The goal of the event is for residents to be informed voters when they head to the polls on March 20.

"The intent of this non-partisan event is strictly to be an opportunity to inform the community of the candidates and their election platforms for the upcoming election," Long said in a statement to The Citizen.

Two moderators will be present questions from the public and monitor the question-and-answer forum. Long said the event is happening to provide community members an opportunity to learn more about the candidates.

Doors open for at 6:15 p.m. and the public is invited to submit questions for the candidates until 6:45 p.m. No anonymous questions will be allowed. Ken Zabriskie and John Miller, the moderators, will organize and select qualified questions to ask the candidates.

The event is planned for 90 minutes, with the moderators allowing each candidate two minutes to respond to each question.

Although the event was not initially planned as a debate, Long said, candidates have recently requested that a one-minute rebuttal time also be allowed.

Trustee candidates have also requested a more simple introduction period to allow more time to be focused on the mayoral candidates.

At the end, each candidate will have two minutes to give a closing statement.

Staff writer Megan Ehrhart can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or megan.ehrhart@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @MeganEhrhart.

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