If you enjoy good food and local politics, consider attending City Club’s Town Hall on Monday, May 2. Beginning at 7 p.m. at the Old World Deli, Democratic Primary candidates Xan Augerot and Jay Dixon, running for Benton County Commissioner, will go head-to-head in a moderated debate.
Moderators Catherine Mater and City Club President Steve Schultz will allow generous time for questions from the public. Augerot and Dixon will have the chance to offer solutions to current issues facing Benton County, such as homelessness, bike paths, and a new jail. Concerns for the county’s water supply and courthouse—in the event of an earthquake—will also be addressed.
Dixon was elected to the commission in 2000, with a background in banking and law enforcement. His career with Benton County has had many areas of emphasis. His main priorities and contributions center around economic development and approaching inadequate health facilities.
Augerot served as executive director of the Marys River Watershed Council for six years. In Augerot’s first bid for the commission, she also focuses on cramped health facilities, while placing priority on housing, law enforcement, and climate change. Augerot currently endorses a Comprehensive Plan for the county to address such issues within the city budget.
City Club events are free and open to the public. The Candidates Forum will begin promptly at the Old World Deli on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. and conclude around 8:30 p.m.
By Kyra Blank