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BKTV to broadcast mayoral forum

The Farmington R-7 School District has announced it will broadcast the Farmington Mayoral Forum on Channel 33.

Molly Hartrup, instructor and director of Black Knight TV, said the high school program has been given the approval by administration to carry the debate in its entirety in the days following the March 26 forum. A crew will be on hand at Long Memorial Hall to capture footage of the two-hour event, then will broadcast it several times prior to the April 7 election.

Dates and times of the broadcasts were not available as of press time, but will be announced in a story in next week’s Press.

The mayoral forum is being sponsored by the Daily Journal/Farmington Press and Farmington Chamber of Commerce. It will be held March 26 at city hall, and is a free event open to the public. Candidates vying for city council and school board seats will be on hand to introduce themselves to the public and make a brief statement. Then the two candidates seeking the Farmington mayor’s seat for the next four-year term will take the stage to offer responses and insight on a series of 10 questions.

The questions will cover a broad range of topics and issues facing the city in coming years including such concerns as eminent domain, economic and retail growth, residential services and quality of life issues, and future growth and expansion of the city.

 The evening’s moderator will be Farmington Press Managing Editor Doug Smith. The event will be conducted by chamber members and newspaper employees. The questions will be decided in advance by a team consisting of representatives of the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and newspaper staff.

“Having Black Knight TV broadcast the mayoral forum in the days following the event and prior to the election just shows how the school district’s television class is an important and integral part of this community,” Smith said.

Additionally, the Daily Journal/Farmington Press web site,, will have a staff on hand recording video and audio footage. The web site will offer clips of the candidates’ statements and answers to individual questions.

“The public is invited and encouraged to attend the forum to hear the mayoral candidates provide responses to questions concerning the city’s present and future,” explained Smith. “But for those people who cannot make the event on March 26, the broadcasts by BKTV and Internet coverage on will be great tools in preparing to cast a vote come April 7.”The event will start at 7 p.m. with a welcome and introduction by Smith. He’ll then introduce school board and city council candidates and provide each a chance to speak. After that, attention will turn to introductions of mayoral candidates and the answering of questions. A time keeper will provide each candidate a pre-set amount of time to respond to each question. The candidates will take turns being the first to address each subsequent question as the evening progresses.

“Candidates will have an opportunity to review all questions prior to the forum,” Smith explained. “No one will be sabotaged or singled out during the evening.

Anyone needing more information about the forum can contact Smith at 756-8927, or the Farmington Chamber of Commerce at 756-3615.

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