The Candidate Forum held at the Key Pen Civic Center on Oct. 8 drew a crowd.

All seats were full with the overflow standing. Eleven candidates or representatives for ballot issues fielded questions from Moderator Jud Morris and audience members. The room was full with about 80 persons in attendance.

The tone was pleasant and mannerly, with hardly a derogatory utterance.

As expected, the school levy received the most attention and questions, followed closely with opinions and intentions of the candidates for State Senator. The park levy was a distant third, with the least attention paid to the various other candidates.

This year, like all preceding years, the candidates have confided that the forum at the civic center is quite unlike any of the other candidate forums they attend on their election campaign. Usually they find only a handful of audience members. Based on the crowd and the attention, the center seems to be the exception with a full house and intelligent questions.

Audience members and candidates and issue representatives seemed all well pleased, and better informed to cast their all important ballots.

As the meeting was breaking up, Peninsula School District Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto made the side comment that “The levy opposition actually came up with a good idea tonight which we had not thought of yet, that we will definitely be looking into.”

The vast majority of ballots will have been mailed and partly counted by the time this issue of KP News is distributed.

The candidate forums are sponsored jointly by the Key Peninsula Civic Center, the Key Peninsula Community Council, the Key Peninsula Business Association, and the Key Peninsula News