Huntsville School Board candidates to be grilled during free public forum at Merrimack Hall

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In less than two weeks, residents of Huntsville will be asked to go to the polls again and elect several members of the Huntsville City School Board of Education.

If you haven’t kept up with who’s running and what the issues are, they will all be laid out tonight as each of the candidates argues why he or she is the best person to join the board.

The Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) put it together, in cooperation with the Huntsville branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Members came up with the questions by asking for input from former board members and other people in the community.

The election is very important because it’s for three out of five positions on the school board.

The incumbents are not seeking re-election.

Given that it’s a majority of the seats up for grabs, the three people who are elected will have a major influence on the future of the city.

“Three out of five will sway any vote,” said Sandy Edwards, WEDC President.  “So these people can have a very large effect on the future of our schools and the future of our schools affect everyone in Huntsville, not just a few have a child in one of the schools.”

Edwards insists that this is an election that will also impact people who live in Huntsville and don’t have children.

“This election is going to affect everybody in Huntsville, not just if you have kids in the school system because companies look at the quality of our schools when they’re looking to move to Huntsville and it’ll affect our property values as people are looking where to buy their houses,” said Edwards.

The forum will be tonight, Wednesday, August 13th at the Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center.

It will be a two-hour forum starting at 5:30.

It will begin with each of the nine candidates making an individual statement to the audience.

Following that, WHNT NEWS 19’s Beth Jett will ask the questions prepared by the WEDC.  After that, Jett will read out questions submitted by members of the audience, submitted on a card during the forum.

The election will be Tuesday, August 26th.