Sept. 21, 2004 If there's a question you'd like answered by those running for a seat in the Legislature, the St. John Community Foundation wants to know about it.
The foundation will hold a Senatorial candidates town meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Westin Resort and Villas ballroom.
"Events like this can make our elected officials more accountable," said Carole DeSenne, the organization's director.
All 18 senatorial candidates, including the two running for the at-large seat, have been invited, she said.
The questions should focus on issues relevant to St. John. Send as many questions as you like to the Community Foundation by Oct. 13. Questions should be posed in this form: "If you are elected senator, how would you use your office to ."
Suggested topics include education, health, taxes, crime, public corruption, infrastructure, insurance, tourism, housing, the environment, recycling, recreation and government services.
The Foundation will formulate seven to 10 questions based on those submitted by the community.
Candidates will be allowed an opening and closing statement.
DeSenne said the audience will not be allowed to ask questions on the night of the event.
She said the Foundation tapes the event and keeps track of the senators' actions if they're elected to make sure they do what they promised.
Send your questions as well as your name, address and telephone number via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 693-9410 or by mail to P.O. Box 1020, St. John, VI 00831.
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