Tonight will be the first of two candidate forums sponosred by the Cherokee County News-Advocate.

Tonight's forum will be 7 p.m. at the Baxter Springs Community Center and the second at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Columbus Community Building.

The format will be prepared questions from the moderator as well as a question and answer period from the audience.

CCNA Managing Editor Patrick Richardson will moderate.

Each candidate will be given the same two questions, with two minutes to answer. Each candidate will then have one minute to rebut. The moderator, at his discretion, may ask follow up questions. In the event of a follow up, the candidate asked will have one minute to answer with a 30 second rebuttal.

In the question and answer period the candidate to whom the question is directed will have one minute to answer with a 30 second rebuttal