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Second Times Weekly Joliet city candidate forum tonight

3/18/2015, 5:56 p.m.
Joliet City Council and mayoral candidates will participate in community forums March 19 and 28 sponsored by The Times Weekly ...

Joliet City Council and mayoral candidates will participate in community forums March 19 and 28 sponsored by The Times Weekly Editorial Board in partnership with several community organizations, including Joliet Concerned Citizens, Mexican American Coalition of Will County, Rainbow PUSH and Unity Community Development Corp.

The forum for council candidates from districts 4 and 5 will be held at 6 p.m. March 19 at the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

District 4 candidates are Bettye Gavin (appointed incumbent), James Foster, Phillip Petrakos and Angel Guzman and District 5 candidates are Terry Morris (incumbent) and Leonard Thompson Jr.

The Joliet mayoral forum takes place at 10 a.m. March 28 at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre, 201 Jefferson St. Mayoral candidates are Tom Giarrante (incumbent), Bob O'Dekirk and Andy Mihelich.

A forum for candidates in districts 1, 2 and 3 -- Larry Hug (incumbent) and Terry Cottrell in District 2, Brett Gould and Patrick Mudron in District 2 and John Gerl (incumbent) and Ray Polikaitis in District 3 – was held Wednesday night.

All programs are open to the public and will be steamed live at thetimesweekly.com. They will also be taped and will remain posted on The Times Weekly web site.

"We want to make sure people have information they need so they can make an informed decision," said Calvin Quarles, President of The Times Weekly Editorial Board and Pastor of The Church at Bolingbrook in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

Residents attending the event will have a chance to pose their own questions to the office-seekers at the end. Questions may also be submitted in advance of the forums or live during the forums by “liking” The Times Weekly Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TheTimesWeekly, and posting them there.

"This election is very important and it has generated a lot of interest," Quarles said. " I believe the community is very interested in this election and will vote in the April election. The outcome could represents a turning point for the Joliet community."

Early voting at the Will County Clerk's Office, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, begins March 23 and ends April 4. Election day is April 7.