Monday Night Election Forum Welcomes Candidates Running for 3 Different Offices

Monday Night Election Forum Welcomes Candidates Running for 3 Different Offices
Audience members during the October 3 candidate forum held in Broken Bow.

BROKEN BOW–Approximately 50 people gathered at the Broken Bow Municipal Building on Monday, October 3 to hear the thoughts and opinions of those running for Custer County Board of Supervisors District 7, Broken Bow Public School Board-District 25, and the Broken Bow City Council East Ward.

Media outlets KCNI/KBBN Radio, the Custer County Chief, and KBear hosted the forum which was moderated by Jeff Evans. Candidates had two minutes to answer each question and were allotted 30 seconds for rebuttal if desired.

Videos of the livestream can be viewed by visiting the Sandhills Express Facebook Page or the Sandhills Express YouTube Channel. The Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8.

Broken Bow City Council East Ward Candidates include David Schmidt and Lawrence D. Stump. Stump was unable to attend Monday night’s forum and incumbent David Schmidt wrapped up the evening with a chance to introduce himself and answer one question.

When asked what is the biggest issue facing the City of Broken Bow right now and how he would address it, the Ansley native/now Broken Bow resident said prices and inflation.

“We’re battling inflation and supply chain shortages just like everybody else. The only way that I know to address that is number one you have to be proactive–so those  long long lead times on some of those items that we need for projects–we’ve got to be proactive on that and get those ordered as soon as we can. Being involved with the areas where we can be financially frugal but yet also make appropriate investments in the city’s infrastructure where we must,” the longtime Becton Dickinson employee said.

Schmidt was appointed to the City Council in February 2020 and has served as council president for the last 10 months. He has also served several years with Broken Bow volunteer fire and rescue.

Check back with this week for detailed stories regarding the answers from County Supervisors District 7 Candidates Donna Hoblyn-Bittner and Sara Parliament and the Broken Bow School Board candidates Tim Chancellor, Pam Holcomb, Tom Osmond, and Amy Tharp.

Broken Bow City Council East Ward candidate David Schmidt