The League of Women Voters of Lincoln (LWVLC) will host two informational forums this month. The first, on October 13 in Yachats, will feature candidates seeking to represent House District 9 in the Oregon House of Representatives, as well as those seeking the position of Mayor and two seats on the City Council. It will be held at the “501 Building” (formerly the bank), next to the Commons in Yachats, beginning at 7 pm. Candidates who have confirmed their attendance to date include: Rep. Caddy McKeown (D), her challenger, Teri Grier (R); Yachats mayoral candidates W. John Moore and Gerald Stanley; and city councilor aspirants Max Glenn and Jim Tooke. The Libertarian candidate for State Representative has also been invited.
The following week, on October 19, in Newport at the Hallmark Resort, beginning at 6:30 pm, the league will host a discussion of the statewide ballot measures, coupled with a forum for the State Legislative candidates in House District 10. Those include confirmed candidates for the Senate, Senator Arnie Roblan (D) and his challenger, Dick Anderson (R). The Libertarian candidate, Dan Souza, has been invited. Rep. David Gomberg (D) has also confirmed his attendance and his challenger, Thomas Donohue (R) has been invited. The presentations from candidates will be followed by a limited question and answer session; a review of the Statewide Ballot Measures which will appear on this fall’s ballot will round out the evening.
The City of Yachats was included in House District 9 after redistricting in 2011, dividing the voters of Lincoln County into two legislative districts. House District 9 extends from Yachats south into Lane County, while House District 10 encompasses the rest of Lincoln County and north into Tillamook County.
The public is invited to both forums, as well as all of the LWVLC monthly meetings. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Newport Public Library meeting room. Meetings begin at 11:30 am. At the October meeting, league members will review the statewide ballot measures, including a listing of those on which the state league has taken a position of support. In November, the group will host speakers from Ceasefire Oregon. Jean Cowan is serving as LWVLC President and she will facilitate both forums.
The League of Women Voters is non-partisan and does not support any political party or candidate. Like the League of Women Voters of Oregon, the Lincoln County group is committed to voter education and seeks to help inform the electorate about local issues and concerns.