Recordings of Lawrence NAACP’s city commission, school board candidate forums now available

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The Lawrence Kansas Branch NAACP has now posted recordings of forums the organization hosted, so voters can hear straight from the Lawrence City Commission and school board primary candidates.

The forums were well attended on Saturday, July 8 at the Lawrence Public Library.

Lawrence City Commission candidates answered questions about housing, homelessness and economic issues that are pressing for the city. The three candidates vying for a two-year term on the Lawrence school board discussed issues of equity and systemic racism in Lawrence Public Schools.

View the forums (and see links to read our articles covering the forums) below or on the Lawrence NAACP’s YouTube page, youtube.com/@lawrencenaacp8335.

A recording of the forum the Douglas County Democrats hosted the same day for Lawrence school board candidates is available at this link. (Read about it at this link.)

One more forum for Lawrence City Commission candidates is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Read more about that in this article.

The primary election is coming up Aug. 1, and the Nov. 7 general election will ultimately decide who fills three Lawrence City Commission seats and five Lawrence school board seats. See the full list of candidates at this link.

It is too late to register to vote in the primary election, but not too late to request an absentee ballot. The deadline to request a ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, July 25. Douglas County voters can check their voter registration and/or request an advance ballot by mail at KSVotes.org. Learn more about voting in Douglas County at this link.

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