Candidate forums are important
I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the citizens attending the St. Ignatius and Rollins candidate forums for my absence.
I was unaware of the forum in St. Ignatius until the next day when a concerned citizen questioned me about my absence. As for the Rollins forum, I received a notice in the mail the day of the forum and due to the distance of travel, was unable to make it to Rollins in time.
I appreciate citizens taking the time to actively participate in candidate forums and educate themselves regarding the issues and the candidates. I deeply regret having missed the opportunity to meet with you. In the future, I hope verified notification to candidates can occur in a timelier manner so that all candidates can plan for and participate in these forums.
I have also become increasingly aware of the number of citizens who are unaware that any forums have been conducted. It is important that not only the candidates are aware of the forums, but also that public notification occurs as widely as possible to allow for active participation by the citizens.