Stuart Hall students set to host Staunton City Council Candidates Forum on Tuesday
STAUNTON — Don’t let their age fool you, these seventh graders care deeply about democracy.
Seventh-grade students from Stuart Hall School are preparing to hold a Staunton City Council Candidates’ Forum on October 25 at 7 p.m. on the first floor of the Eastham Center to help local residents learn more about their options for the November elections.
“As 12-year-olds (mostly), we know firsthand that sometimes people assume that those our age have no valid opinion, or no opinion at all, about the issues facing our country. said a press release from the students, adding, “The feeling of not being able to express our thoughts can be aggravating.”
The students came up with the idea of hosting the forum as part of a civics class, where they researched the inner workings of local government. As part of this, they met with the Registrar of Electors and the City Manager during a site visit to City Hall.
All six candidates for city council have been invited and are expected to attend.
For the students, this is their way of “participating and exercising civic virtue,” and the class researched and discussed questions to ask each of the candidates. These questions focus on topics that the students think are important or, in some cases, “would just be fun to know about our future members of city council”.
“Our forum will be very informative, especially if you have never heard of the candidates firsthand or met them in person,” the students said in a press release. “It will help you get a better idea of why the candidates are running and their views on the important issues impacting Staunton so you can make an informed decision.”
Although members of the public will not have the opportunity to ask questions, there will be a meeting with the candidates after the forum. For those unable to attend, the students have also put together a livestream which will be available on the school’s YouTube page.
You can register and reserve a place in the online forum, the doors of the forum opening at 6:45 p.m.
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