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Election 2021: Lawrence City Commission and school board candidate forums

The Lawrence Times will aggregate information about upcoming candidate forums and post the times, dates, places and hosts here.

When a forum has passed, if there is a recording available, we’ll also link to it from this page. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

See the rest of our election coverage at this link.

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Know of a forum we should list here? Great! Please let us know by emailing us at hello@lawrencekstimes.com.

Last update: 6:21 p.m. Friday, July 30

Key voting dates:

• Register to vote by Tuesday, July 13. (Visit ksvotes.org to learn more)
• Advance voting by mail and in person begins Wednesday, July 14.
Tuesday, July 27 is the deadline to request a mail ballot for the primary election.
• In-person advance voting closes at noon Monday, Aug. 2.
• Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Need help? Check out this awesome page of voting resources from the Lawrence Public Library.

Lawrence Times forum coverage:

Upcoming Lawrence City Commission candidate forums:

Know of any coming up after the primary? Please let us know! hello@lawrencekstimes.com

Past forums:

• 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 26 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Host: Douglas County Democrats; Moderator: Andrew Lee. Candidate meet and greet from 9:30 – 10; forum 10 – 11:30.
Recording: Available here.
More info: Facebook event page

• 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10 via Zoom

Host: NAACP Lawrence, Kansas Branch
More info: Will be held via Zoom and streamed on Facebook live on the Lawrence Kansas Branch NAACP Facebook page. Register to watch on Zoom at this link or watch on the Facebook event page.
Recording: Available here. Our article: Available here.

• 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 at the Lied Center Pavilion, 1600 Stewart Drive

Host: Lead Horse LLC, as part of Lead Horse Open II; Moderator: Freddy Gipp.
Topic: Ways to improve our Native American community
More info: Facebook event page; Lead Horse LLC website

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Upcoming Lawrence school board candidate forums:

Please let us know if we’re missing any! hello@lawrencekstimes.com

Past forums:

• Wednesday, July 7 at Morningstar Church

Host: Called to Greatness
Recording: Available here.
Note: This forum was added to this list on July 11. The Times didn’t find out about it until it had already passed. If you know of any upcoming forums that aren’t on this list, please let us know by emailing us at hello@lawrencekstimes.com! Thank you!

• 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8, via Zoom

Host: NAACP Lawrence, Kansas Branch
More info: Will be held via Zoom and streamed live on Facebook on the Lawrence Kansas Branch NAACP Facebook page. Register to watch on Zoom at this link, or watch on the Facebook event page.
Recording: Available here. Our article: Available here.

• 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Host: Douglas County Democrats
More info: Meet candidates in the lobby from 9:30-10 a.m.; forum will be in the auditorium from 10-11:30. In person and livestreaming at this link. Up to 130 people may attend in person. Find the Facebook event page at this link.
Recording: Available here. Our article: Available here.

• 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 in Free State High School’s auditorium, 4700 Overland Drive

Co-hosts: Lawrence Education Association and Personnel Association of Lawrence
More info: Masks are required for those who attend in person. A livestream will be available via the LEA Facebook page.
Recording: Available here. Our article: Available here.

See more Lawrence Times coverage of the 2021 city elections here.

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