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Eleven people who are running for mayor and city council positions in Keene will address the issues during a candidates’ forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Keene Community Center.

The public is encouraged to attend. Doors open at 6 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The candidates (per the ballot order) for mayor are Samantha Gillin, incumbent Gary Heinrich and Kevin Romanelli.

The candidates (per the ballot order) for council seats are:

  • Ward II, incumbent Gwen Beeson and Thomas Gutwa
  • Place I, incumbent Lisa Parrish, Gilbert Perez II and Cheryl Schram
  • Place III, incumbent James Belz, Phillip Jackson and Ray Johnson.

Each council candidate will have 30 seconds for an opening statement. After that, each will have 30 seconds to respond to a question. The questions will be asked in order of the ballot. The questions are about issues and challenges in Keene, including:

  • Negative comments on social media, the city’s financial position, new ordinances, communicating with constituents, growth, and why he or she deserves your vote.

The candidates for mayor will have one minute for an opening statement. They will be asked the same questions as the council candidates, plus three additional questions about involvement in the day-to-day operation of the city, debt and the tax rate.

Time permitting, there will be questions from the audience, who will be asked to write questions before being submitted to the moderator. 

In-person early voting is Oct. 13-30.

Election Day is Nov. 3. 

The forum is sponsored by the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

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