The League of Women Voters will sponsor a “Meet the Candidates” Forum on Thursday evening, February 15, at the Amarillo College Downtown Campus auditorium, 1314 S. Polk. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments, registration and an opportunity to meet the candidates in the upcoming Primary Election will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m., when each of the 27 local candidates in contested races will have an opportunity to make a statement telling why they are running for office and what they hope to accomplish if elected. Unopposed candidates are invited to introduce themselves and state what office they’re running for. A question-and-answer period will follow each group of candidate presentations, and audience members may submit written, issue-only, questions for the candidates, said Robert Goodrich, forum chairman. James Hunt, KGNC Radio agribusiness director and League member, will serve as moderator. Local candidates invited include those running for state Senate, District 31; state representative, District 87; Randall County Commissioner, Precinct 2; judge, 320th Judicial District; judge for Potter County Courts-at-Law No.1 and No. 2; judge, Randall County Court-at-Law No. 2; Potter County district clerk; Randall County county clerk, and a Potter County justice of the peace. “We urge voters to attend the forum so they can hear the candidates and their views in person and be able to make more informed choices at the ballot box,” said Goodrich. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that does not support or oppose any candidate or party, but works to encourage all voters to take a more informed, active part in their government, said Janette Kelley, LWV president. Early voting for the March 6 primary begins February 20 and runs through March 2. The League expects to have copies of its Voters Guides available at the forum, as well as distributed to numerous locations in the community.