BAXTER SPRINGS - Cherokee County residents got the opportunity to get to know their local candidates a little better after a pair of public forums held last week.

The first was held Oct. 18 at the Columbus Community Building, and the second on Oct. 20 at the Baxter Springs Community Building. The forums were put on by the Cherokee County Economic Development Corporation, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Baxter Springs Chamber of Commerce. Quaker Hill provided refreshments for the forum held in Baxter. Darrell Pulliam, Innovation Transfer/Corporate Engagement Officer at Pittsburg State University, served as the event moderator.

District 1 State Representative Michael Houser was in attendance at the Baxter Springs forum for observation purposes, and spoke briefly before the forum began about his plan to continue to speak up for Cherokee County in state legislature.

"I'll make sure they know in Topeka that Highway 400 isn't the state line," Representative Houser said.

The forum gave the candidates in attendance a chance to introduce themselves and their platform, and then questions were answered. All of the questions submitted were from members of the public, but were chosen ahead of time and given to the candidates a few days prior to the event. No live questions were taken during the event.

The election will be held on Nov. 8.