CANDIDATES NIGHT BASIC SCRIPT


MODERATOR 1:

Good Evening. I am NAME AND TITLE (e.g. Marcia Merrins member of the LWV Chautauqua County and director on the national  level of the League). I am moderator with Judy Reynolds for this evening’s Meet the Candidates Forum.

The League of Women Voters is a trusted, nonpartisan political organization.  Our members do the hands-on work to safeguard democracy.  While we never endorse a candidate, we are directly involved in shaping the important issues to keep our community strong.  As an LWV member, I have the opportunity to contribute in a leadership role (such as this one) that has a great impact on local, state and even national issues.  If you are interested in learning about how you can make a similar impact, I would encourage you to pick up some of the League’s information available here tonight or visit our web site at YOUR LEAGUE’S WEBSITE  (lwvchautauqua.org).

League places an emphasis on voting. Voter registration drives, registration in high schools, and efforts to streamline voter registration laws are all a continuing part of League activities. OTHER LEAGUE VOTER SERVICE PROJECTS (Our Take Me to Vote program has been expanded to bring over 10,000 elementary children to the polls with a voter) OR (Our Voters Guides, a publication providing nonpartisan information on candidates and ballot issues, is a part of every election and is distributed throughout the county by our Chautauqua League).

The League wants everyone to vote and to be confident that their vote will count, but also wants voters to be informed. So remember when you step into the voting booth to cast your vote to look (FOR SPECIAL AMENDMENTS PROPOSITIONS, ETC.) 

Throughout its 90 year history, the League has been a voice for sound government practices. This commitment will prevail in this century and beyond.

May I present my co-moderator, (Judy Reynolds).
 
MODERATOR 2:

Candidate meetings have been around almost as long as the League of Women Voters. In 1924, a small booklet published by the League of Women Voters, suggested that we:

  • “hold pre-election meetings and invite all candidates to speak;
  • collect and give out nonpartisan information on candidates and issues;
  • conduct candidate meetings as a service to the voters because it gives them a means of forming a first-hand judgment of the candidates, and as a service to the candidates because it gives them an opportunity to present their views to audiences of varied political affiliation.”

The directive and the reasoning have not changed through the years. Hundreds of League candidate nights are held each year. They are considered special events in the election calendar and for very good reasons. League debates are fair. They are unbiased.  They are conducted for informational purposes, without a hidden agenda, and are controlled by principles of nonpartisanship.

Other organizations frequently hold candidate meetings, but these meetings are not necessarily open to candidates of all parties nor conducted under strictly nonpartisan guidelines.

Voting is an essential step in the process of democracy. In exercising our choice for elective office, we affirm our faith in the democratic process.

We are happy to present our “Meet the Candidates” program where candidates and interested voters meet to listen to issues and ask questions.  

MODERATOR 1:
As you watch and listen to this debate

  • Think Ahead-  ask yourself which issues are most important to you, and jot down what you’d like to learn from each of the candidates.
  • Are They Answering the Question? Pay attention to how the candidates answer the questions. Are they specific? Sincere? Knowledgeable?
  • Keep Track of Topics-Are the candidates being asked about your priority issues? Are the questions fair and pertinent?
  • Talk it out!Afterwards, talk about the debate with your friends & family. Did the debate sway your decision? Did you learn something new about the candidates’ positions?
  • VOTE this November.It is your best opportunity to make your voice heard and help shape the issues that affect all of us! VISITVOTE411.org to prepare yourself.

7:00 PM

With us this evening are candidates FOR WHATEVER RACE (Chautauqua County Family Court):

Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________
All candidates will have two minutes to respond to a question they received prior to this meeting and include a brief presentation discussing their qualifications.

After the opening statements candidates will have the ability to question one another and members of the audience will be urged to ask questions of any candidate or all the candidates.

Even if a question is addressed to a specific candidate others will be welcome to add comments or replies of their own. Candidates will also be able to rebut or challenge. Each reply will be limited to two minutes.

There will be one minute for closing statements.
           
READ QUESTION
(What is the most urgent problem facing the family court, and what is the first step you would take to solve it, if elected?)

We will begin with:

Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________

                              
        
MODERATOR 2:
We will now open our meeting to a question and answer format.  We hope this presentation have brought some questions to your minds.
          
For those in the audience, if you wish to ask a question, please stand. 
Do not make statements, as our interest lies in hearing the candidate’s response. 
 
Rebuttals are limited to 1 minute.

Our next question is:
(From audience or phone calls or pre written questions)

 

We will allow 1 minute for a concluding statement: 

Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________

7: 30 PM

MODERATOR 1:

With us this evening are candidates FOR WHATEVER RACE (for the Senate of New York State)
 
Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________

and the NYS Assembly:
Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________


All candidates will have two minutes to respond to a question they received prior to this meeting and include a brief presentation discussing their qualifications.

After the opening statements candidates will have the ability to question one another and members of the audience will be urged to ask questions of any candidate or all the candidates.

Even if a questions is addressed to a specific candidate others will be welcome to add comments or replies of their own. Candidates will also be able to rebut or challenge one
another. Each reply will be limited to two minutes.

There will be one minute for closing statements.

We will begin with:

Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________

 

8:15 PM
With us this evening  are candidates FOR WHATEVER RACE (the US Congress in  the House of Representatives.)


Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________

All candidates will have two minutes to respond to a question they received prior to this meeting and include a brief presentation discussing their qualifications.

After the opening statements candidates will have the ability to question one another and members of the audience will be urged to ask questions of any candidate or all the candidates.

Even if a questions is addressed to a specific candidate others will be welcome to add comments or replies of their own. Candidates will also be able to rebut or challenge one
another. Each reply will be limited to two minutes.

There will be one minute for closing statements.


Read question : What is the most urgent problem facing the Country today, and what is the first thing you would do to move Congress to solve it, if elected?

                                            

Mr(s)._____________________

Mr(s)._____________________
 

 

MODERATOR 2:
We will now open our meeting to a question and answer format.  We hope this presentation have brought some questions to your minds.
          
For those in the audience, if you wish to ask a question, please stand. 
Do not make statements, as our interest lies in hearing the candidate’s response. 
 
Rebuttals are limited to 1 minute.

Our next question is:

We will allow 1 minute for a concluding statement: 

Mr(s)._____________________ 

Mr(s)._____________________

 

All candidates will have two minutes to respond to a question they received prior to this meeting and include a brief presentation discussing their qualifications.

After the opening statements candidates will have the ability to question one another and members of the audience will be urged to ask questions of any candidate or all the candidates.

Even if a questions is addressed to a specific candidate others will be welcome to add comments or replies of their own. Candidates will also be able to rebut or challenge one
another. Each reply will be limited to two minutes.

There will be one minute for closing statements.

We will begin with

Mr(s).__________________

Mr(s).__________________

MODERATOR 2:
 
This concludes our program.  Thank you candidates and thank you all for attending. 

OTHER THANK YOUS   The League would also like to thank our Voter Service chairperson, (Voter Service Chair’s Name), who have done an outstanding job in producing this event. Also, our reliable timekeeper (Time Keepers Name.)
     
MODERATOR 1:
CLOSING
We are facing an important election this November, more important than most as our nation fids its way through difficult and dangerous times.

One of the most popular beliefs is that voting doesn't matter, that special interest groups and big business have all the power, that the individual has no control over either government or politics.

You may not know it but this election is about you.

That’s right your family, your health care your job your environment, your civil liberties. You.

Participate in your government. Let  your voice be heard by joining the League of Women Voters and exercising your right to vote on November 4th.

We urge you to take the next step and vote and demonstrate that democracy is alive and well in Chautauqua County and New York State.

Please vote on November XX.The polls will be open from XX AM to XX PM.
         

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