Candidates for Pineville town council will meet during an Oct. 9 forum to discuss everything from downtown development to parks and recreation.
The forum is sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Pineville Pilot.
Bill McConnell, who founded the Downtown Merchants Association, said he helped organize the forum to bring candidates and voters together to discuss town issues.
McConnell’s family owns several Main Street buildings in Pineville.
All candidates are expected to attend except for incumbent Les Gladden, who will be out of town.
During the forum, each candidate will have three minutes to give an opening statement.
Then, the candidates will be divided into three groups of three, with mayoral candidates in one group and council candidates in the other two.
A moderator will ask these small groups a set of questions. After that, audience members may ask questions of either groups of candidates or individuals.
At the end, each candidate will have two more minutes to make any final statements, said McConnell.
McConnell said he’s interested in hearing candidates’ ideas on how to revitalize downtown Pineville and keep it strong.
“I’m a big believer in revitalizing the downtown area of small towns,” he said. “I truly believe they represent a slice of Americana that we shouldn’t let disappear.”
But he said candidates will also address other topics, such as what to do with the old police station and what new events the town can start.
“I’m excited and optimistic about Pineville’s future,” said McConnell. “Right now we seem to be on the cusp of some good things happening.”
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