Candidate Forum Scheduled for Montgomery City Council Position Races

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and the Voter Awareness Council (VAC) are pleased to announce that they are co-hosting a non-partisan, unbiased candidate forum on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7:00 pm at the City Hall building at 101 Old Plantersville Road in Montgomery. Place 1 Incumbent Jon Bickford, Place 3 Incumbent TJ Wilkerson and challenger Nick Haddad, and Place 5 Incumbent Thomas Cronin and challenger David Brown have all been invited. Early voting is April 22nd through April 30th. Election Day is May 4th.

Chamber and VAC officials will be co-hosting and introducing the session but will have no role in the actual forum. Julie Cannon, General Manager of the Community Impact Newspaper – Conroe / Montgomery Edition will act as forum moderator. Julie will use questions based on the media’s overall awareness of Montgomery area issues, questions submitted to her from anyone prior to the session via email at, and written questions submitted by the audience during the early stages of the forum.

Candidates will make opening and closing remarks, answer questions in a round robin question format, and have the opportunity to comment on all questions. Reasonable time constraints will apply throughout the session.

“After our very successful forum last year, we are pleased to once again be working with the Voter Awareness Council on this opportunity for our residents to gain first-hand information and input from candidates for their City Council positions” says Chamber Director Shannan Reid. “We also very much appreciate Community Impact Newspaper working with us to ensure that this will be an unbiased forum for our residents to aid them in reaching their own voting decisions” adds Ms. Reid. VAC is a local non-profit corporation established by a number of Montgomery County residents designed to help encourage and equip citizens to vote. Totally non-partisan and unbiased, VAC’s mission is to inform and educate citizens on our local elections, improve the overall voting experience and to increase voter turnout.

See for more information. Questions about this forum can be directed to Shannan Reid at or VAC President Steve Leakey at

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