May brings school board elections in odd numbered years. The last cycle, everyone ran unopposed, but this is 2021, and there are nine candidates heatedly vying for four seats.
Fortunately, voters will have two opportunities to see the candidates compete in moderated debates this month – the first is an informal town hall style CitySpeak Forum that welcomes questions from the public, and the second is a classic formal debate. Both are free, and available online.
The Town Hall Debate, Tuesday, April 27
The debate starts at 6:30 p.m., and can be accessed on The Advocate’s website or Facebook page. It’s presented by the newspaper, and City Club of Corvallis. Viewers can submit questions before and during the forum firstname.lastname@example.org, messaging the paper on social media, or just posting questions on one of the social media posts for the event.
During the event, viewers can post to the livestream on our Facebook feed. Expect the evening to end at 8 p.m. Video of the debate will be available immediately following.
Bonus issue for Voters who really care, show up 30 minutes early on April 27 – at 6:00 p.m. – and you can learn all about the Local Option Tax Levy that will be on the ballot alongside the school board races. Panelists include Benton County Commissioner XanAugerot and Benton County Sheriff Jefri Van Arsdall.
The Classic Debate, Wednesday, April 28
This one starts at 5:45 p.m., and you can get the Zoom link in advance here. Presented by the Corvallis League of Women Voters, this debate will be offering Spanish interpretation. This one also runs until 8 p.m. A representative of the League tells us they should have a video of the event available within a week after the event.