LEAD hosts Candi-Date Roundtable March 25


BROOKINGS – LEAD (Leaders Engaged and Determined) Brookings Chapter has organized a different approach to the candidate forum. 

The Candi-Date Roundtable, set for 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Brookings VFW, 520 Main Ave., is speed dating for politics. 

The format will allow voters to interact with many candidates at one event in small groups rather than a forum setting.

Each candidate will have the opportunity to deliver two-minute opening remarks followed by table rotations. Table rotations will provide voters 10 minutes to interact with the candidates in small groups. 

A candidate is seated at each table with a group of voters and one moderator. The moderator will begin the discussion by asking if anyone would like to start with a question or by asking one pertinent question. 

Moderators will otherwise refrain from engaging in the conversation and will focus their efforts on keeping the conversation moving and ensuring that no one voter dominates the conversation.

Following rotations, candidates and voters are encouraged to stay for the meet and greet segment. 

In addition to the candidate/voter portion, voter registration and election information will be available. 

The Brookings School District has also been invited to a table at the event with information about the opt out, which will appear on the April 10 ballot.

All of the candidates have confirmed their participation. Candidates and the office are:

Brookings City Council – two, three-year positions:

• Patty Bacon

• Verna Longville

• Nick Schmeichel

• Nick Wendell

Brookings City Council – one, one-year position:

• Joey Collins

• Holly Tilton Byrne

Brookings School Board – two, three-year positions:

• Debra DeBates

• Roger DeGroot

• Randy Grimsley

Brookings Mayor Keith Corbett was unopposed in his bid for re-election this year and will retain his post for another three years. He will deliver opening remarks only at the March 25 event.

For more information, contact Cory Ann Ellis at 605-610-9770 or [email protected]


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