The Rotary Club of Grand Island will present its first Town of Grand Island Supervisor Candidates Night on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 7-9 p.m. in the Grand Viking Theater of Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. The event is free and residents are encouraged to attend to learn about the three candidates for the town’s highest elected office. The date gives voters plenty of time to decide before the state’s first early election period that begins on Oct. 26. Election Day is Nov. 5.
The candidates running for Supervisor are Thomas Franz, Conservative Party; Jim Sharpe, Democratic Party; and John C. Whitney, Republican and Independence parties.
After the candidates are introduced by the moderator, they will each have five minutes to present their position. That will be followed by questions. The format will not allow for audience members to ask questions from their seats. The questions must be sent via email to [email protected] prior to the Candidates Night or they can write their question on a card that evening and they will be brought to the moderator.
“There are a lot of important issues for our residents on Grand Island. It is the desire of our Rotary Club members to provide the candidates with the respect they deserve in answering the questions and presenting their point of view. We do not feel they can do that if guests ask questions from their seats with the potential of a shouting match occurring. That will not be tolerated,” said Michael J. Billoni, the event chair from the Rotary Club of Grand Island.
“Our Rotary Club is in its 61st year and our members have a strong desire to continue to be active in the town, and we feel an event like this is extremely important for the residents to hear an open exchange of ideas and platforms from the town’s next supervisor,” he added.