Candidates for public office in the city of Alton will have an opportunity to address the concerns of voters during a public forum a week from Tuesday. The event, organized by the East End Improvement Association is sponsored by WBGZ, and the Alton Telegraph.

Each candidate in a contested race will be given an opportunity to speak in the order their names appear on the ballot. Those running unopposed will be introduced, but not speak. Candidates for Alderman in Wards 1, 2, 3 and 7 will be allowed to speak for three minutes. Then the focus will shift to the mayoral race. Each of the three candidates will be given five minutes to speak, starting with incumbent Tom Hoechst, who is being challenged by write-in candidates Brant Walker and Jackie Morris. After individual remarks, questions from the audience will be asked to each of the mayoral candidates, with each having two minutes to respond.

The candidate forum will be held March 5th at the Holiday Inn on Homer Adams Parkway at 7 p.m.

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