Monday, August 29, 2011

City Council Candidates to Participate in August 31 Forum

For Immediate Release -- 29 August 2011
Contact: Dan Schroeder,801-xxx-xxxx


All eight of Ogden’s candidates for contested city council seats will
participate in a public forum to be held Wednesday, August 31,
beginning at 6:30 pm in the Browning Auditorium at Ogden’s historic
Union Station. Everyone is invited to attend. After a half hour of
informal mingling with the public, the candidates will address the
assembly and answer moderated questions from 7:00 until 8:30.

The Browning Auditorium is located at the north end of Union Station,
on Wall Avenue at 25th Street.

Kimbal Wheatley, a professional facilitator who lives in Ogden Valley,
will moderate the forum.

The event is sponsored by the Ogden Ethics Project, a nonprofit,
nonpartisan organization that promotes better ethics in Ogden City
government. At the forum, candidates will have a chance to express
their views not only on ethics but also on the full range of issues
that concern Ogden citizens: taxes and fees, debt reduction, downtown
development, job creation, transportation, recreation, land use,
public safety, and more.

The event’s organizers are compiling a list of prepared questions for
the candidates, with input from a wide spectrum of community
organizations and stakeholders. Audience members at the event will
also have a chance to submit questions.

The four candidates for City Council At-Large Seat C are Jacob
Culliton, Landon Halverson, Stephen D. Thompson, and incumbent Amy L. Wicks. The four candidates for the Municipal Ward 2 seat, representing
Ogden’s north side, are Richard Hyer, Jennifer Neil, Todd R. Wallis,
and C. Jon White. Incumbent Caitlin K. Gochnour, who represents
Municipal Ward 4 on the southeast side of Ogden, is running for
reelection unopposed. Gochnour will be present to talk with
constituents but will not participate in the formal questions and
answers, in order to give the other candidates more time.

Ogden’s nonpartisan primary election will be held on Tuesday,
September 13. For each contested council seat, the two candidates who
receive the most votes will proceed on to the general election on
November 8.

To learn more about the Ogden Ethics Project, please visit

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