League of Women Voters to host candidate forum for Geneva Park District Board, City Council, D-304

Election 2024
More than 50 people packed the meeting room at the Geneva Public Library Sept. 27 to hear a Kane County Board and county-wide candidates answer questions. The 
League of Women Voters of Central Kane County hosted the forum. The general election is Nov. 8.

The League of Women Voters of Central Kane County is hosting a forum Thursday, Feb. 16, featuring candidates running in the April 4 consolidated election for seats on the Geneva Park District board, Geneva School District 304 board and for a seat on the Geneva City Council representing Ward 4.

According to a news release, the forum will be held in person with an audience at 7 p.m. at the Geneva Public Library, 227 S. Seventh St. The event will be livestreamed and available for later viewing on the websites of the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County (https://my.lwv.org/illinois/central-kane-county) and the Illinois Voter Guide (https://illinoisvoterguide.org/).

The forum will be divided into three segments: Geneva Park District board, Geneva City Council Ward 4 and Geneva School District 304 board.

Each candidate will be allowed a one-minute opening statement. After opening statements, candidates will respond to questions submitted by the audience. Audience members’ questions will be reviewed by a team of League members for appropriateness before being asked. Each candidate will be permitted up to one minute for each response. Time may be extended at the discretion of the moderator if necessary to allow for a full response, according to the release.

At the end of a segment, each candidate will have up to one minute for a closing statement.

Candidates for the Geneva Park District board are Peter Cladis, Timothy E. Fara and Douglas D. Jones. Candidates for Geneva City Council Ward 4 are Gabriel Kaven and Martha Paschke. Candidates for Geneva School District 304 board are Molly Ansari, Robert Larry Cabeen, Andrea Heeg, Brent Nakayama, Paul Radlinski and Brittney Quinn Sopcak.

“Our local volunteers work throughout the year to register new voters and deliver important information about upcoming elections,” Voter Service Chair Patti Lackman said in the release. “The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization, never endorsing a candidate or a political party. Forums such as this one are a fantastic opportunity for candidates to share their views and respond directly to voter concerns. We encourage every candidate invited to this forum to make arrangements to participate. These forums only work when candidates show up.”

Election Day nonpartisan information about voting in Illinois can be found at https://illinoisvoterguide.org/.