A Meet and Greet for candidates in the Aug. 7 primary is the first in a series of candidate events planned by the Derby Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber is hosting the events to give the business community and general public the opportunity to meet candidates running for elected office in the August primary and November general elections.
The following candidates have been invited to attend all three events:
U.S. Representative District 4: Mike Pompeo, Republican, and Robert Tillman and Esau A. Freeman, Democrats (either Tillman or Freeman will be eliminated from the race in the primary).
State Senator: Ty Masterson, Republican, District 16; Dick Kelsey, Republican, and Dan Kerschen, Republican, both District 26 (one of the candidates will be eliminated in the primary); and Keith Humphrey, Democrat, and Mike Petersen, Republican, both District 28.
State Representative: Jim Howell, Republican, and Barbara Lynn Wells, Democrat, both District 81; and Pete DeGraaf, Republican, District 82
The following candidates have been invited to attend the Meet and Greet event only on Aug. 2:
District Attorney: Marc A. Bennett and Kevin O’Connor, both Republican.
Sedgwick County Sheriff: Bob Hinshaw and Jeff Easter, both Republican, and Jefrey Weinman, Democrat.
State School Board: Kathy Busch and Walt Chappell, District 8, and Jim McNiece, District 10.
The Chamber has traditionally hosted these events to encourage people to register to vote and become better informed residents. This is also an opportunity for business people to meet with candidates to discuss concerns or needs relating to business.
The public is invited to attend any of the events.
Meet and Greet
Aug. 2 – Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove, 4-6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by The Derby Informer
Each candidate will have an area with a table to display campaign materials. This come-and-go event will allow you to talk one-on-one with candidates.
Sept. 13 – Location: Derby Chamber of Commerce, 611 Mulberry, Suite 200, inside the Welcome Center Austin Room.
Time: Doors open at 11 a.m. Event ends at 2 p.m. Lunch served at noon.
Luncheon Guests: $12 (Candidates attend free.) Reservations required.
Candidates will have an opportunity to publicly introduce themselves to the crowd and give a brief campaign message. Tables for each candidate will be provided so guests can talk one-on-one before and after the luncheon.
Oct. 30 – Derby City Hall Council Chambers, 611 Mulberry. Sponsored by AT&T.
This event will be broadcast live and rebroadcast until the general election on Cable Channel 7. This is a moderated event with questions solicited from the community prior to the forum.
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