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Eight candidates for School Trustee will be available to meet patrons of the Emmett Independent School District at a public forum at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18 at the Emmett Middle School auditorium.

Three positions — half of the school board — are being contested in the Nov. 2 General Election. Successful candidates will take office in January 2022.

Each candidate will be available to meet and greet patrons before and after the formal forum. During the forum each candidate will be provided an opportunity to share their reason for declaring candidacy for the position and what they envision for the future of Emmett Schools.

A moderated question and answer session will address questions provided by the audience and by Messenger Index readers. Written questions will be accepted during the forum. Questions can also be submitted in advance to the Messenger Index at newsroom@messenger-index.com until noon on Monday, Oct. 18

Written candidate responses to some questions will appear in the Oct. 20 Messenger Index.

Candidates who have officially declared for the Nov. 2 ballot are:

Mona Barnes

Heather Chandler

Janet Hines

Caleb Hoobery

Terry Jones

Jennifer Jo Standley

Carmen Tyack

Ronnie Weekes

Weekes is the lone incumbent seeking re-election. Jones is a former ESD Trustee. All other candidates are seeking their first seat on the Board of Trustees.

The forum is scheduled to run from 6:30 — 8 p.m. and will be live streamed on the Emmett School District website: emmettschools.org/domain/32. Or you can access the direct YouTube channel at: tinyurl.com/je4bd82p

This candidate forum is being hosted by the Emmett Independent School District and the Messenger Index.

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