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Letter: Learn who the candidates are

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Learn who the candidates are

To the Editor:

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government,” Thomas Jefferson wrote back in 1789. These words still hold true over 200 years later, and with this principle in mind, the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry is pleased to host a Meet the Candidates Night for local residents, businesses and the surrounding community.

The event will take place today, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St., Sugar Grove. It is open to the public and free of charge.

Those seeking offices with the village of Sugar Grove, Sugar Grove Township, Sugar Grove Park District, Sugar Grove Fire Protection District, Sugar Grove Public Library, Waubonsee Community College and Kaneland School District 302, have all been invited to attend. All candidates will be given the floor for brief introductions and remarks, and all candidates have been invited to stay after the program to meet and speak with attendees. In addition, candidates for village president, Village Board and township supervisor will participate in a special question-and-answer session, which will include questions that have been submitted by members of the public.

The Sugar Grove Chamber, which has hosted this event for more than 20 years, is an independent, nonprofit organization, with no political ties to any party, candidate or unit of government. As such, attendees can expect an impartial, unbiased and credible presentation.

Election day is April 9, which will be here before we know it, with early voting starting as soon as March 25 and running through April 6. There is a great deal going on politically and much at stake, not only at the national and state levels, but also in local government. There are also many different candidates with diverse viewpoints and ideas.

Meet the Candidates Night is a tremendous opportunity for members of the voting public to learn who the candidates are and where they stand on the issues that affect us the most.

I would urge everyone in the community to come out, become “well-informed” and carry that information with you to the voting booths.

Steve Ekker

Sugar Grove

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