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The Tuolumne County Farm Bureau is scheduled to host a candidate forum Tuesday night at the Sonora Opera Hall for political hopefuls running in the March 3 primary election.

The free event is open to the public and scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Invitations have been extended to candidates running for the county Board of Supervisors in Districts 1, 4 and 5, Superior Court judge, as well as state and federal races.

“We have a lot of new faces running for the Board of Supervisors this go around and there’s a lot I don’t know about these candidates,” said Shaun Crook, past president of the bureau and emcee of the event. “This is a chance to see if the candidates align with one’s own political beliefs and which one will best represent agriculture.”

Candidates will each be given about five minutes to speak and five minutes to answer questions from the audience, though Crook said the time limits may vary depending on how many attend in order to wrap up the event by 9 p.m.

Crook said the bureau has been hosting candidate forums during each election cycle every two years since at least 2010.

“Agriculture is a rich heritage and very important to the success of this county, so political activism is something we’ve always been involved with as a farm bureau,” he said. “The candidate forum is another way to keep extending that outreach.”

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.com or (209) 588-4530.

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