On Thursday, the Pottawatomie Advocates for Voter Education (PAVE) hosted a candidate forum featuring candidates for House District 26, District Attorney and Associate District Judge. The panel discussion also was broadcast and streamed live.

On Thursday, the Pottawatomie Advocates for Voter Education (PAVE) hosted a candidate forum featuring candidates for House District 26, District Attorney and Associate District Judge. The panel discussion also was broadcast and streamed live.

During the event, straw polls were taken regarding the five state questions on the November ballot: SQ 793 (Vision Care in corp. retail sites); SQ 794 (Victim's rights); SQ 798 (Governor and Lt. Governor on same ticket); SQ 800 (Oklahoma Vision Fund); and SQ 801 (Ad Valorem Tax for Education). Results were tallied and announced at the end of the event.

All failed.

Races

In the state House Dist. 26 race, Republican Incumbent Dell Kerbs and Democrat Terry Hopkins sat in the hot seat first, representing their stances on several topics such as health care, education funding, state revenue and criminal justice reform, among others. The discussion was moderated by PAVE president Marilyn Bradford.

Moderated by Ronnye Sharp, Republican Allan Grubb and Democrat Adam Panter went head-to-head in the battle to win the bid for Pottawatomie/Lincoln County District Attorney. Questions included various topics, asking each candidate how they plan to increase public safety, their stances on the death penalty, should the D.A. office remain non-partisan, and how many cases they have tried, among others.

In the non-partisan race for Associate District Judge, candidates Kelli McCullar and Tracy McDaniel shared a bit about themselves and their qualifications for the seat they each hope to fill. Judicial guidelines prohibited them from responding to questions.

About PAVE

The forum followed League of Women Voters guidelines (PAVE is a successor to the LWV chapter here). Candidates made brief opening statements and then responded to written questions submitted by the audience before making brief closing remarks. Questions were screened for relevance and duplication.

Learn more, then vote

Watch future editions of The Shawnee News-Star to read about how candidates responded to the questions.

The election is Nov. 6; polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.