The Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce wants voters to know there is more to next month’s election than Romney versus Obama.
To that end, the chamber is hosting an Election Issues Forum highlighting four ballot measures in its Community Room from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15.
Proponents and opponents of Referred Laws 14 and 16, Initiated Measure 15 and the Hughes County Wheel Tax will be given 10 minutes to present their side, with a few minutes set aside for rebuttal or clarification.
The chamber usually holds candidate forums, but decided to focus on the measures this year because of the number of issues on the ballot, according to Laura Schoen Carbonneau, the chamber’s CEO.
The candidate forums typically draw 50-plus people and Schoen Carbonneau said she hopes a similar number, if not more, will come despite ballot measures being generally less interesting to the public.
Schoen Carbonneau said none of the measures’ campaigns have much money to advertise and this is a prime chance to present themselves to the electorate.
The forum also is a way to demonstrate to voters there is more to the November election than the presidential race.
“It’s important that people get all the way to the bottom of the ballot to see there are issues important to the state,” she said.