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Residents meet the candidates, speed-dating style

  • Candidates answered audience questions during short sessions with small groups during a meet-and-greet at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Candidates answered audience questions during short sessions with small groups during a meet-and-greet at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Candidates answered audience questions during short sessions with small groups during a meet-and-greet at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Candidates answered audience questions during short sessions with small groups during a meet-and-greet at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Candidates answered audience questions during short sessions with small groups during a meet-and-greet at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Candidates answered audience questions during short sessions with small groups during a meet-and-greet at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Candidates answered audience questions during short sessions with small groups during a meet-and-greet at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Candidates answered audience questions during short sessions with small groups during a meet-and-greet at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Candidates answered audience questions during short sessions with small groups during a meet-and-greet at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, October 26, 2018 4:49PM

If you had ten minutes with a political candidate, what would you ask them?

The League of Women Voters had residents narrow in on their most important issues during a candidate night at the Jaffrey Civic Center on Wednesday night, with a unique meet-and-greet format.

Fourteen candidates for the New Hampshire House of Representatives from various southern New Hampshire districts attended the forum, and were split into four groups. In 15-minute intervals, the candidates moved around to four different clusters of audience members and answered their rapid-fire questions in a format reminiscent of speed dating – “candi-dating” as Kate Coon, the Chair of the Peterborough Plus chapter of the League of Women Voters put it.

Candidates attended from Hillsborough districts 38, 25, 4 and 3, and Cheshire Districts 9, 11 and 14.

Candidates weren’t speaking with residents of only their districts.

“At the state level, these people represent all of us,” Coon said, while introducing the format to the audience. “They need to hear from you.”

Though all candidates on the ballot were invited, 14 attended.

The audience was given a list of potential questions to ask based on questions emailed in, but any topic was considered fair game. The environment, education and school safety, school vouchers and commuter rail were all topics at the top of voter’s minds.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.