Elections

A voter slips a ballot into a box in March 2014 at the Twin Falls County Courthouse.

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TWIN FALLS — Don’t know who to vote for in your city’s upcoming mayor or City Council election?

The Times-News will provide residents in four southern Idaho cities an opportunity to hear from their political candidates this week. The newspaper is hosting candidate forums in Heyburn, Burley, Gooding and Twin Falls.

“The Times-News is honored to host these community forums, which lead to better informed voters and a more engaged public,” Editor Matt Christensen said. “Folks will have a chance to pose questions to candidates, so the audience is sure to come away with a better understanding of where candidates stand on the issues and their plans for improving their communities.”

The forums begin Monday in Mini-Cassia, starting with Heyburn City Council candidates at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, 941 18th St. Nile Bohon, Glen Loveland, Rose Schmitt, Dick Galbraith, Chad Anderson and Michael Covington are running for three open seats.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Burley residents can hear from their mayoral and City Council candidates at the Burley Council Chambers, 1401 Overland Ave. Mayoral incumbent Merlin Smedley will defend his seat against challenger Steve Ormond. Casey Andersen, Jon. R. Anderson, Ralph Carlson and Bryce Morgan are vying for three four-year seats on the Burley City Council.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Gooding mayor and City Council candidates will face off in the multipurpose room at Gooding High School, 1050 Seventh Ave. W. Incumbent Walter C. Nelson is running against Jeff Brekke for mayor. And Chuck Cram, Diane Houser, Mel Magnelli and Colin D. Smith are running for two seats on the City Council.

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Twin Falls City Council candidates will participate in a forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Council Chambers, 305 Third Ave. E. Incumbent Suzanne Hawkins is running against Eric Smallwood, Liyah Babayan and Leon Mills for Seat No. 1. Incumbent Greg Lanting is running against Tim Allen and Larry Houser for Seat No. 5. And Christopher Reid will run against Brian Bell for Seat No 6.

“If you care about the future of your town, it’s time to engage and make yourself a smarter voter,” Christensen said.

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