Candidate Forums

Are you looking for a way to get your community organized and make a difference in your area? Our Children, Our Future Candidate Forums are a great way to do so!

Candidate Forums are community-planned and community-led, giving your team the opportunity to ask the candidates where they stand on specific children’s issues (ocofwv.org/commitment)…. but they offer much more than that!

Some communities use their Candidate Forums to highlight an important local child poverty strategy – like community gardens. Others use them as family fun nights.  Many include job fairs in their Forums. And others use their Forums to launch voter registration or increase voter turnout. Each community can individualize their Candidate Forum fit their needs!

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Already, there are more than 100 of you hard at work, planning your own Candidate Forms. Thank you so much for your participation! For those of you on the fence about becoming involved, we need your help! Join an existing planning team in your area, or establish a new Candidate Forum in your local area!

Here are the places where we already have teams established. Contact the organizer for your region if you are interested in becoming involved and help plan one of these Forums:

  • Eddie Sloane (eddie@ourfuturewv.org) – Wheeling, Morgantown, Mingo Co. Harrison Co., Wood Co., Taylor Co. Calhoun Co., and Tyler Co.
  • Carey Jo Grace (careyjo@ourfuturewv.org) – Boone Co., Wyoming Co., Mingo Co., Lincoln Co., Princeton, McDowell Co., northern Wayne Co., Ft. Gay in Wayne Co., Williamson, Logan, Huntington, and in Kanawha Co. – Marmet, South Charleston, Charleston East End, and the 35th district.
  • LeeAnn Shreve (leeann@ourfuturewv.org) – Greenbrier Co., Buckhannon in Upshur Co., Richwood in Nicholas Co., Morgan Co., Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., Jefferson Co., Hardy Co., Pendleton Co., Grant Co., Randolph Co., Pocahontas Co., and Tucker Co.

What if your community isn’t listed above? No problem! You can build your own team! Just contact your regional organizer and let us know where you would like to plan one. We will work with you to get your team together, find a location, and develop an agenda!