ST. CHARLES – St. Charles residents will get the chance to vet the city’s four mayoral candidates Thursday at a forum.
Organized by the westside neighborhood group 2R2R, the forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the Baker Community Center auditorium, 101 S. Second St.
The candidates – John Rabchuk, 3rd Ward Alderman Ray Rogina, Jotham Stein and Jake Wyatt – will each have about seven minutes to introduce themselves and discuss their experience, goals and plans, an organizer said. Residents also will have the chance to question the candidates directly.
“It’s an unusual election from the standpoint that we usually don’t have four candidates for mayor,” 2R2R chairman Joseph Masiokas said. “It’s the best opportunity for people to actually hear them all together.”
Depending on the questions, he said, the forum could last until 9:30 p.m.
The election is April 9. Incumbent Don DeWitte is not seeking a third term.
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a mayoral candidates forum on business for 6 p.m. March 12 at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Community group Concerned Coalition for Sensible Spending of St. Charles is sponsoring an aldermanic candidate forum from 7 to 9 p.m. March 14 at Bridges Montessori Academy, 1713 Howard St. All candidates are invited to present their platform in three minutes and answer questions from residents.
All but one of the aldermanic races are contested. Candidates are Ron Silkaitis, Justin Osborne and Jon Monken in the 1st Ward; Cliff Carrignan and Arthur Lemke in the 2nd Ward; Mario VanDerHeyden and Bill Turner in the 3rd Ward; Jo Krieger in the 4th Ward; and Maureen Lewis and Kim Malay in the 5th Ward.