Voter Empowerment Candidate Forum

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

With election day just nine days away, many Wichitans spent their Sunday questioning the candidates.

The Voter Empowerment Committee, made up of 19 churches and organizations in the community, held a candidate forum at Tabernacle Bible Church.

“I'm excited because they're really asking really good questions and you can tell that they've been listening,” Trudy Baker with the Voter Empowerment Committee said.

One by one, people stepped up to the mic and fired off questions at candidates.

“I'm definitely concerned about what Brownback is doing with the taxes. So I’m just really, really interested in knowing about that so I’ll know which way my vote is going to go,” Karen Cayce said.

Treatha Brown-Foster was more interested in social security and medicare.

"Is it going to be there, is it going to be there for my children and what's happening with it?" Brown-Foster said.

Some were happy with the answers they got. Others, not so much

"I think Ms. Cox did an honest answer in stating 'Hey, I don't know I’m going to have some training on it and then I’ll let you know,”' Brown-Foster said.

“I don't believe I got a good answer because they didn't explicitly answer the question. Just answer the question, 'Do you believe in Brownback's tax reform? Do you believe in what he's doing for education?' I never got a straight answer,” Cayce said.

The people who help put this forum together say they count it as a success and hope everyone will take what they heard here straight to the polls.

“They're more informed about who they're going to vote for when they do vote and who's going to be their best bet in the end,” Susan Jameson said.

The people with the Voter Empowerment Committee say their main goal is to get as many voters to the polls as possible. They're offering free transportation for anyone who needs a ride to go vote. Just call Tabernacle Bible Church at 316- 681-3954 or St. Mark's United Methodist Church at 316-681-2214.

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