Some Bloomington League of Women Voters candidate forums scheduled for Thursday, September 20 and Monday, September 24 have been canceled.
The League’s co-president Linda Shanks says state Senate candidate Reid Dallas and state House candidates Bob Heaton and Peggy Mayfield – all Republicans — declined to attend the forums and provided no statements to be read in their absence.
“Most people who are running for office know that we will have this event and that it is a neutral venue for them to explain who they are and what their plans and their accomplishments are and to take a few — there are rarely more than five or six — questions,” Shanks says.
Shanks says the league has a policy of non-partisanship and will not hold a forum if members from only one party are present.
“Maybe they ought to ask themselves if somebody whose not available to appear in a neutral venue or even send a statement to be read on their behalf is going to be acceptable enough to serve the citizens they want to represent.”
The forum between State Representative Matt Ubelhor and Democratic challenger Jeff Sparks will still take place on Monday at 7 p.m. on the Ivy Tech Bloomington Campus.