Election Day isn't until November, but the campaigns are already heating up.
With School Board districts 7 and 9, Hamilton County Commission districts 7 and 9, Collegedale City Commission, Collegedale Judge, congressional and Senate seats all up for grabs, there are a lot of candidates to get to know.
Sunday, March 23, David Barto and Collegedale Mayor John Turner are hosting a non-partisan candidate forum for all the candidates running in the area. The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Imagination Station Pavilion behind Collegedale City Hall, which is located at 4910 Swinyar Drive.
"This is going to be the easiest way for people to actually meet the people they're going to be voting for," Barto said. "It's also an opportunity for Collegedale, Ooltewah and Apison to have a real impact on the election. If we have a lot of people show up, we'll matter that much more to the elected officials. We want them to remember us when it comes to roads and sewers and things like that."
All candidates who sign in will be given three minutes to speak. They will also have the opportunity to set up informational tables.
Barto said the last time he facilitated an event like this approximately 250 people attended, and this year he's hoping for 300-500. Refreshments will be available.