Ottawa residents will have the opportunity Tuesday night to learn more about the candidates who want to represent them on the city commission and school boards.
Ottawa school board and city commission candidates are set to talk about issues affecting local government during a candidate forum 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ chambers at the Franklin County Office Annex, 1428 S. Main St., Ottawa. Audience members also will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates through moderator Ryan Henningsen.
Incumbents Linda Reed and Jeff Richards, former city commissioner Rocky Fleer and Helen Hood and Mike Skidmore will vie for three openings on the city commission. Longtime commissioner and five-time mayor Gene Ramsey did not seek re-election.
Six candidates are vying for three open positions on the Ottawa school board. The candidates include Bill Allegre, a current board member, and Lynda Alderman, Tim Catlin, Richard Jackson, Russ Wilson and Norman Wooge. Incumbents Brandon Jones and Marge Stevens did not seek re-election.
The general election is set for April 2.
The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Action Committee, Franklin County Farm Bureau Association, Ottawa American Legion Post No. 60 and AT&T are sponsoring the forum.