Public forum — today

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Incumbent Mayor Ravi Bhasker and challenger City Councilor Michael Olguin, Jr., will answer voters' questions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today, Feb. 20, at the Socorro County Annex, 198 Neel Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

We believe the forum will give candidates an opportunity to explain why they deserve your vote.

The forum will begin with the candidates giving three-minute opening statements. Each candidate will then answer a set of questions they have not seen in advance, solicited from readers of El Defensor Chieftain. The forum will end with brief closing remarks from each candidate.

Socorro County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Caldwell will moderate the forum. A timekeeper will be on hand to help everyone adhere to the schedule.

The forum will not be a opportunity for campaigning; audience members will be asked to remain quiet during the session.

A call for questions was published in the Feb. 20 edition of El Defensor Chieftain.