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Election 2015: Mayoral forum for retirees set

In City Speak

Richard Yeakley

By Richard Yeakley
March 31, 2015 at 11:59 a.m.


A senior living facility will hold a forum Wednesday to introduce its residents and other Longview retirees to two mayoral candidates.

Buckner Westminster Place, 2201 Horseshoe Lane, announced the 2 p.m. forum late Tuesday morning saying former councilman Andy Mack and District 5 Councilman Richard Manley would be on hand to meet with residents.

“Election night is around the corner, and oftentimes, seniors are the ones who show up at the polls and help truly decide who wins,” said Lauren Witt, a spokeswoman for the organization. “The senior living community in Longview will host a public forum for the mayoral election to educate its residents and other area seniors about the candidates, their positions and how they'll handle the issues the city faces.”

Wes Wells, executive director of the facility, said some concerns of senior residents may be different from that of the general population.

“The time of the day we felt like was a good time for it. For a lot of our retirees, they just may have different issues, different concerns than the population in general,” he said. “A lot of them are really long time residents of the Longview area; so, they really care.”

Wells said the residents were likely to get out and vote.

The forum will begin with each candidate sharing his plans for Longview.  Then questions will be posed to each candidate that have been pre-submitted by members of the audience.  

A staff member or resident will lead the question and answer portion of the event.

The forum will be open to any area retirees.

Mack and Manley met for a head-to-head forum Monday for the second time and for the first time on March 24

Third mayoral candidate G. Floyd was in attendance, but did not participate in either forum, and will not participate in the Buckner Westminster Place event.

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