Local voters will have a chance to meet the candidates in the Missouri and Pettis County Aug. 2 primary election during a candidate fair next week.
The League of Women Voters of Sedalia-Pettis County will host a candidate fair Tuesday and the women have invited all candidates in contested races in the Aug. 2 primary; if there is one Democrat running for an office but two Republicans, only the Republican candidates have been invited for the sake of space at the event. According to information provided by the League, the statewide races invited include U.S. representative, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general. The countywide races include eastern commissioner, western commissioner, assessor and coroner.
While RSVPs from candidates and their representatives are still coming in, Mary Merritt, of the League, said they invited 42 people to participate.
“We anticipate, depending on how many of (candidates) show up, probably two minutes each to make a statement and then just simply be there to talk to the people who want to come up and talk to them or ask them questions from there,” Merritt said of the event’s format.
The Aug. 2 primary will require voters to choose a party in order to receive a ballot. Missouri recognizes the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Constitution parties. The winner of each party for each office will move on to the Nov. 8 general election.
“In any election, but this one especially, people need to be an informed voter and hopefully they’ll come (to the candidate fair) and they can ask questions and go away knowing a little bit more than they did before,” Merritt said. “Where there are some of these, like for governor there’s four Republicans and four Democrats, that’s a lot of candidates. Whichever party you choose, that’s still a lot of candidates to choose from. The hope is to help them to get to know just a little bit more about it. Primarily, as Carrie Chapman Catt said in 1920, ‘to send an educated voter to the polls.’”
The candidate fair will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Katy Depot, 600 E. Third St. Merritt said there is no cutoff time for the event, as to allow for as much time for voters to talk to candidates as possible, but she expects it to last around two hours.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.