We are entering the season when political candidates court voters. As has been the case since 2008, the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Palm Beach County and WPTV NewsChannel 5 will hold a candidate forum on Wednesday July 16 to give folks the opportunity to meet local candidates and ask questions.
“This is one of our most popular events because people feel that it gives them the opportunity to get to know the candidates in a more personal way,” said Santos Arroyo, chamber founder.
Since its inception, the Forum has been held at WPTV.
“We are happy to partner with the Puerto Rican (Hispanic) Chamber to offer the opportunity to candidates to reach out to the (chamber) membership and local business owners,” said Bernadette O’Grady, director of programming and media convergence for WPTV.
This year’s candidate forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In addition to the usual networking opportunity, those in attendance will get to shake hands with each candidate, listen to their platform and what they are promising to accomplish if elected and ask questions of the candidates.
“We have to keep our community informed, independently of political affiliation, so they have the opportunity to vote for the person that more closely espouses their values,” Arroyo said.
The cost of admission is $10 for non-chamber members. Members attend at no charge.
Already 14 candidates have confirmed their attendance at the forum. They are:
Candidates for Circuit Court Judge, Group 30
Candidate for Florida State Representative District 87
Hon. Dave Kerner
Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 22nd Congressional District of Florida
Candidate for Circuit Court Judge, Group 14
Judge Diana Lewis
Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the 21nd Congressional District of Florida
Candidate for PBC School Board District 4
Candidate for PBC School Board District 3
Mr. Tom Sutterfield
Candidate for Palm Beach County Commission District 6
For more information, call the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber at (561)889-6527.