April 22: Meet the Candidates event in London

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(Posted April 8, 2019)

By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer

The London Community Organization (LCO) is hosting a Meet the Candidates event at 7 p.m. April 22 at London City Hall, 20 S. Walnut St. The public is welcome.

LCO has invited all candidates running for London city offices in the May 7 primary to attend and address the public regarding their qualifications, backgrounds, and goals for their prospective positions.

They are:

  • Mayor (four-year term)–Patrick J. Closser, unopposed;
  • Auditor (four years)–Lora Long, unopposed;
  • Law director (four years)–Jennifer Hitt, unopposed;
  • Council president (two years)–Henry Comer and Joe Russell (incumbent);
  • Ward 1 council member (two years)–Andrew Hitt, unopposed;
  • Ward 2 (two years)–Rich Hays, unopposed;
  • Ward 3 (two years)–Anthony Smith, unopposed;
  • Ward 4 (two years)–Rex Castle, unopposed;
  • At-large (two years, three seats available)–Carla Blazier, Michael Norman, Josh Peters (incumbent), and John Stahl.

LCO also has invited Brenda Russell (incumbent) to take part. Russell plans to run as an independent for one of the at-large council seats in the November election.

A question-and-answer segment is planned for candidates in the contested races (city council president and council members at-large). The public is welcome to submit questions for the candidates by email to amyrees01@gmail.com or by posting them to the London Community Organization Facebook page. A moderator will select questions and pose them to the candidates.

“We hope that the community participates and takes advantage of this opportunity to get to know the individuals who represent them and be better informed about the contested seats,” said Amy Rees, LCO president.

Founded in 2011, the London Community Organization is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the area’s history while enhancing both quality of life and economic independence, according to its mission statement. Major achievements by the organization include saving the municipal swimming pool and the redevelopment of Cowling Park with the addition of Access Cowling, the area’s first all-inclusive playground for children.

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