Alma residents will get a chance to hear from candidates running for city council at an event hosted by the GFWC Women’s League of Alma on Monday at the Alma Performing Arts Center.
With 11 candidates running for six Alma City Council seats, league members felt it was important for residents to hear from each candidate on their platform as part of Meet the Candidate Night, said Sherrie Kuykendall, GFWC Women’s League of Alma president.
“Since we have so many candidates running this year and so many people aren’t familiar with the candidates, we just saw (the event) as something the community could benefit from,” Kuykendall said.
Each candidate will have four to five minutes to speak at the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. and should last about an hour, Kuykendall said.
“Candidates will introduce themselves and give a brief synopsis on their reasons for wanting to be on the Alma City Council,” Kuykendall said.
The Alma League held a similar event two years ago, when Alma had three candidates for mayor - Ed Thicksten, Gary Perry and now Mayor Keith Greene.
This year, all but one seat on the Alma City Council has multiple candidates in the running, according to the Crawford County Clerk’s Office.
Incumbent John Tribulak will face both Paul J. Mahan and Jerry Austin Martin for Ward 1 Position 1. Vicki Lamproe opposes incumbent Maria Washburn for Ward 1 Position 2.
Incumbent Eddie Wakefield will face Linda Folkerts for Ward 2 Position 2.
For the Ward 3 Position 1 seat, incumbent John L. Ware faces James Batura. J.D. Finley and Perry will vie for Ward 3 Position 3.
James McGhee, who was appointed to Ward 2 Position 1 earlier this year, filed to be re-elected.
Also in Alma, Wayne Beck is running for the city clerk position to which he was appointed this year, and Rinda Baker, who currently holds Ward 3 Position 3 on the city council, is running unopposed for Alma city attorney.
“As far as I am aware, it’s the most that ever ran at one time for city council positions,” Kuykendall said.
Refreshments will be served after the event, and the audience can meet and mingle with candidates, Kuykendall said.