The letters have been sent, the rooms have been reserved, the dates set.
The Idaho Press-Tribune will be hosting two candidate forums in advance of the May 15 primary in Canyon County:
n Candidates for Canyon County commission and coroner, 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, at Nampa City Hall, 411 3rd St. South.
n Candidates for state legislative districts 11 and 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, in the Caldwell Police Department community room, 110 S. 5th Ave.
In the race for Canyon County Commission, we have two contested races:
n District 1: With Steve Rule not running for re-election, four people have stepped up to run as Republicans: Leslie Van Beek, Darin Taylor, Sid Freeman and Robert Vasquez.
n District 3: Incumbent Pam White has drawn a Republican challenger in Mike Pullin.
For Canyon County coroner, incumbent Vicki Degeus-Morris has a Republican challenger in Jennifer Crawford.
In the state legislative races, District 11 has drawn the most activity:
n State Senate: Both the Democrats and the Republicans are scheduled to have a primary. On the Democratic side, Harold Coles Jr. and Edward Savala will face off. On the Republican side, Zach Brooks will once again challenge incumbent Patti Anne Lodge.
n State Representative, Position A: Incumbent Scott Syme has drawn a challenge from Republican Josh Gibbons.
n State Representative, Position B: With incumbent Christy Perry running for Congress, five people have thrown their hat in the ring: Kirk Adams, Scott Brock, David Lincoln, Tammy Nichols and Kathryn Ralstin.
In legislative District 13, incumbent Gary Collins has drawn a Republican challenger in Lori Shewmaker.
In legislative District 9, incumbent Ryan Kerby has drawn a Republican challenger in Lorrie Richins.
We’ll have more details on the format for the forums in the coming weeks. We are planning on changing things up just a bit. Nothing too major, just some tweaks to make it more interesting. The main goal, though, will remain to inform our readers and help them make a decision about whom to vote for.
We’ve also asked the candidates to fill out short surveys, asking just a few questions about why they’re running and where they stand on particular issues.
A note to the candidates: We have mailed letters to every candidate in primary-contested races using the mailing address listed on your campaign filing paperwork. Please make sure you’re checking that mailbox. We are asking candidates to RSVP to the forums, and the letter to the candidates also includes the internet address to access the survey.
In between the forums, the Idaho Press-Tribune will publish a voters guide on Sunday, May 6, with answers to the survey from the candidates as well as information about everything that’s on the ballot. Stay tuned.