Elks Lodge 791 at 120 N. Fifth in Louisiana is inviting the public to attend a “Meet the Candidates” night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Candidates for Missouri 40th District State Representative, 45th Judicial Circuit Judge, Pike County Eastern District Commissioner, Pike County Western District Commissioner, Pike County Sheriff, Pike County Assessor and Pike County Public Administrator have been invited to participate.
The public may submit questions for the candidates at the door, which will open at 6:30 p.m. Selected questions will be asked by a moderator.
The format for the state representative, commissioners’ and sheriff races will give each candidate three minutes to discuss their campaigns. The candidates will then take turns answering questions, with a two-minute time limit for each answer and response.
The judicial candidates will be given five minutes each to discuss their campaigns. The assessor and public administrator candidates will have two-and-a-half minutes each to introduce themselves.
Candidates will be seated on a stage for the segment in which they are participating. Questions of a libelous or lascivious nature will not be considered.
Elks Lodge 791 has agreed to sponsor and host the event solely as a community service. Neither the organization nor its members specifically or publicly endorse candidates for any election.
Candidates are encouraged to bring supporters, who certainly may wear endorsement shirts, sweatshirts, jackets or hats. However, no political signs or banners will be allowed inside the building. Alcoholic beverages will not be served during this event. Those who attend will be asked to hold their applause until the end of each segment.