MANSFIELD -- Elections should be about voters, not candidates. It's your voice that's being heard, after all, when the votes are counted.
And Richland Source is listening now more than ever.
As we plan and execute our pre-election coverage leading up to Nov. 5, we want to make sure you get every opportunity to ask questions of the men and women seeking spots in the mayor's office and city council seats.
Toward that end, we have created "Talk The Vote," a Richland Source "listening tour" of our town, with stops planned in every ward in the City of Mansfield.
Our first session was on Monday night at Mansfield Christian School for Ward 1 voters.
Over the next five Mondays, from 6 to 7 p.m. each evening, you are invited to join us and share your questions and concerns about the future of the city through a guided discussion.
Below is the schedule for our tour. Click each link to register for your event:
Ward 1 - Sept. 9 - Mansfield Christian School - High School Choir Room (enter in Door 3)
Ward 2 - Sept. 16 - Publisher Jay Allred's home
Ward 3 - Sept. 23 - Theatre 166
Ward 4 - Sept. 30 - Richland Source
Ward 5 - Oct. 7 - North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC)
Ward 6 - Oct. 14 - SC Event Center
Richland Source City Editor Carl Hunnell will moderate the sessions, joined by Brittany Schock, our Engagement & Solutions Editor.
We will limit the evening discussions to an hour. These are designed to be smaller, more intimate gatherings, during which residents/voters should feel comfortable asking questions and sharing what they believe should be priorities in the next term.
Everyone is welcome at any of our six discussions - in other words, don't feel obligated to attend only the event being held in your ward. Not sure which ward you live in? The Board of Elections has provided a handy map - click the image below to scroll:
If you're a candidate that will be on the Mansfield ballot this coming November, you're more than welcome to attend as well - but as an observer. The most important participants are your fellow Mansfield citizens and voters, so this is a campaign-free zone.
Our goal in these discussions is twofold: One, to collect questions and discussion topics for the Mansfield Mayoral Debate hosted in part by Richland Source on Oct. 17. We are also accepting questions via Open Source - feel free to submit yours below:
The second goal is to create what we're calling "The People's Agenda," which we will publish on Nov. 6. We will compile what we heard from Mansfield residents about their top priorities for their newly-elected government officials, and send those priorities directly to the new mayor and city council.
Space will be limited, so make sure to reserve your seat today.
If you have questions about any of the events, contact Brittany Schock via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-989-6534.