Candidates are talking to you through the Daily Herald in print and at kdhnews.com/centerforpolitics online.

Leading up to the April start of early voting and May 6 Election Day, the Daily Herald is providing ways for candidates to tell you what they would do about things that matter to you, if they are elected.

The Herald also will sponsor a Killeen City Council candidates forum on March 27. Professional journalists are carefully crafting questions for candidates about topics important to residents. Professional journalists also will moderate the discussion. Residents are welcome to email question topic recommendations to news@kdhnews.com by March 23.

KDH outreach

Using contacts provided by the elections supervisors, we are reaching out to candidates, asking them to provide photos of themselves, to fill out forms with mini-bios, to share their opinions on issues and to talk to readers through videos we are shooting at our office.

We sent the candidates the questions in advance of the videos so they could provide thoughtful answers. We are posting videos on kdhnews.com as soon as possible after the interviews. The mini-bios will be at kdhnews.com/centerforpolitics.

Killeen forum

Coming March 27, Killeen City Council candidates will talk to residents at a candidates forum sponsored by the Herald.

The event is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive. Doors open at 6 p.m. Candidates are asked to arrive at 5:30 p.m.

The candidates will appear in two groups to accommodate the size of the field. They will be asked different questions on topics that could include: the budget process and handling taxpayers’ money, a forensic audit of city finances, bringing high-tech jobs, growth and development to Killeen, crime and the city’s infrastructure.

Participating in the forum will be Herald Managing Editor Rose Fitzpatrick, Deputy Managing Editor/Opinion Dave Miller and City Editor Kyle Blankenship.

Here’s the format:

Welcome and rules — Fitzpatrick.

Districts 1 and 3 introductory statements, two minutes per candidate

Moderators Miller and Blankenship ask four questions of each candidate to answer, in turn.

Candidates provide one-minute closing statements

Forum has a five-minute break while second panel is seated

Districts 2 and 4 introductory statements, two minutes per candidate

Moderators Miller and Blankenship ask four questions of each candidate to answer, in turn.

Candidates provide one-minute closing statements

MORE COVERAGE

We’ll continue asking candidates about the issues with our news coverage, and we are sending them a round of questions for our April 9 Election Guide.

For the guide, we are asking candidates to provide opinions, in 100 words or fewer, on five issues carefully culled from residents and from up-to-date news reports.

We’ll run their responses side-by-side so you can compare the answers.

If you are a candidate whose contact information was not listed on election forms, send your email and phone number to news@kdhnews.com.

Please put CANDIDATE CONTACT in the topic field of the email.

We’ve also emailed some candidates who have not responded to our request for videos. Please check your email and set up an appointment for a video.

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