The Franklin County Republican Central Committee will have a series of candidate forums to give voters a chance to meet the candidates for state and national offices.
Ron Kimes, committee chair, said there will be three forums with four candidates each. The first one is 7 p.m. Monday at the Neosho County Community College auditorium, 900 E. Logan St., Ottawa.
The candidates at the forum will be Scott Schwab, candidate for secretary of state; along with Kevin Jones, state representative from Wellsville, Steve Fitzgerald, state senator, and Vernon Fields, Basehor councilman, who are vying for the Republican nomination for the Second Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins announced last year she would not seek re-election.
Kimes said four other candidates are scheduled to appear in April. He said the format of the forums are each candidate will give opening remarks and then will answer questions from audience members. He said the forums are a chance for the voting public to see where each candidate stands on the issues.