The League of Women Voters of Sedalia-Pettis County will host a Candidate Fair on Tuesday, July 19 starting at 5 p.m. at the Katy Depot, 600 E. Third.

The public is invited to attend the free event so they can meet and greet candidates (or their representatives) running for county and statewide offices in contested races.

Candidates appearing will be on the Primary ballot on Aug. 2, vying to beat their opponents and advance to the Nov. 8 General Election.

LWV co-president Kathleen Boswell emphasized the bi-annual Candidate Fair is a casual event. “Each candidate will get a little time to speak, but it's more of a chance for the public to see all the candidates for one race right together,” Boswell said. “It's not a traditional debate.”

The LWV has invited 42 candidates who have opposition in the Primary. Those who do not have opposition will be featured in a future event for the General Election.

The 90-minute event on Tuesday evening is very informal and attendees will be allowed to mingle with the candidates, Boswell noted. The event was scheduled at a comfortable indoor location due to the heat and humidity prevalent now. Previous events have been held at a local park.

“We have several confirmation (from candidates), then we've had one or two decline, because they had to be someplace else in the state, but we're expecting a good turnout,” she added.

Candidates for the following offices have been invited:

US Representative, Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Attorney General at the state level; and Eastern Commissioner, Western Commissioner, County Assessor, Collector of Revenue and Coroner at the Pettis County level.

Randy Kirby