There probably won’t be a forum for voters to hear from the candidates for Will County Board District 2.
The Frankfort Township Democrats said they reached out in mid-September to the Frankfort Township Republican Organization with the hopes of hosting a forum for the District 2 candidates Amanda Koch, Jim Moustis and Keith Ogle. But the Republicans denied the request, saying they were not interested, according to a news release from the Democrats.
Democratic Vice Chairwoman Michelle Domecki sent requests directly to the candidates, according to the release. Koch accepted, but they said they did not get responses from Moustis or Ogle.
“I’m disappointed in Mr. Ogle and Mr. Moustis,” Domecki said in the release. “Why are they not responding to our request? Do they have something to hide? Or is it they have become so complacent, they don’t see the need to talk to the constituents they will be representing?”
The local Republican Organization Chairwoman Laura Miroballi confirmed that she received an offer and declined. She explained the Republicans did so because it was not something they had done in the past.
“We’ve never had a forum or debate between candidates,” she said.
Koch said she thought a forum would be important to help voters understand not only what the Will County Board does for them, but also how those elections specifically work. It’s not a traditional head-to-head election because the top two vote earners win the race.
“We really think that would be a great thing to get this out to the voters,” Koch said. “We talked a lot about how voter education is a big part of the county board race.”
The Frankfort Democrats said they still are considering holding an event for voters to meet their local candidates for office. The organization’s chairman, Emily Biegel, said the residents of District 2 “deserve better.”
“Participating in a forum and answering questions from constituents should be a requirement when running for office,” she said in the release. “We are committed to helping residents make informed decisions.”
Will County Board District 2 includes Frankfort, Manhattan and portions of Mokena and Tinley Park.
Election Day is Nov. 6. Early voting has already started.
Moustis also failed to respond to The Herald-News’ candidate questionnaire for the November election.