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Candidate Forums for upcoming elections

The calendar lists the candidate forums and debates about which we have information. Events listed here are NOT all sponsored or moderated by the League of Women Voters. When we know who is moderating or hosting, we list the organization. --Organizations hosting forums are encouraged to send us details for posting via "president" on our Contacts page.

Upcoming local and state general election dates are also posted here. Special elections are posted on our Calendar page.

Forums/debates/candidate information

If you have information about an upcoming candidate forum in NH, please send the information for posting via email to the League president on our Contact Us page.
Date & Time        Place        Description
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
9 am & 7 pm
radio broadcast by NHPR Debate for Congressional District 1. Hosted by NHPR "The Exchange" with Laura Knoy. Broadcast on radio. Also streamed at NHPR.org
Sunday, October 14, 2018
noon to 2 pm
Hollis Town Hall
Hollis
Candidate forum for NH House & Senate, Exec. Council. Organized by the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club. Candidates invited are NH House Hillsborough districts 27 and 40, NH Senate district 12, and Executive Council district 5. Public is welcome.

NOTE: this event was recorded, will be rebroadcast on the Hollis and Brookline community cable channels and will be posted on the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club website.

Monday, October 15, 2018
4:30-6:30 pm
Holiday Inn
9 Northeastern Blvd
Nashua, NH
Candidate forum Exec Council & State Senate, Nashua. This event costs $10 to attend. Light refreshments and cash bar. Hosted by Nashua Chamber of Commerce. Registration at the CofC website: http://www.nashuachamber.com/candidateseries2018/
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
9 am & 7 pm
radio broadcast by NHPR Debate for Congressional District 2. Hosted by NHPR "The Exchange" with Laura Knoy. Broadcast on radio. Also streamed at NHPR.org
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:30 meet&greet; 7 pm forum
Town Hall (2nd floor)
Main St
Antrim, NH
Candidates forum NH Senate Districts 8. Sponsored by the Antrim/Bennington Lions Club. Public welcome. Bring written questions to be asked by the moderator, beginning at 7 pm.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
7:30 pm
Community Center
78 Norcross Cir
North Conway, NH 03860
Candidates forum for Mt Washington Valley. NH House, Carroll county districts 1, 2, and 7. Organized by the League of Women Voters NH, Mt. Washington Valley unit. Bring your questions for the candidates.

Valley Vision will tape the event for later showing.

Monday, October 22, 2018
12:30-2:00 pm
Holiday Inn
9 Northeastern Blvd
Nashua, NH
Candidate forum for Governor. This event costs $20 to attend. Lunch included. Hosted by Nashua Chamber of Commerce. Registration at the CofC website: http://www.nashuachamber.com/candidateseries2018/
Monday, October 22, 2018
6 pm
Cafeteria
Kennett High School
409 Eagle's Way
North Conway, NH 03860
"Carroll County Votes" series--NH House district 2. Includes District 7 candidates too.

Public welcome.

Monday, October 22, 2018
6-8 pm
Franklin Elks Lodge
125 Main St.
Franklin, NH 03235
Candidates Night in Franklin. "The Franklin Elks Lodge #1280 and Merrimack County Republican Committee are sponsoring a candidates forum featuring all the candidates! Invitations have been given out to candidates for First and Second Congressional Districts, NH Governor, Executive Council, State Senate and House, and County offices. This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates, hear from them on the issues important to you, and ask them questions about their vision for NH!" Other source lists city of Franklin as co-sponsor with Franklin Elks.
Monday, October 22, 2018
6:30-8:45 pm
City Council Chambers
Rochester City Hall
31 Wakefield St
Rochester, NH 03867
Forum for NH House (Rochester representatives) and NH Senate Dist. 6. The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce's Governmental Affairs Council will present a Candidates Forum for candidates seeking election or re-election to the NH House of Representatives representing Rochester and the State Senate-District 6 race.

This is an opportunity for the public to learn about the candidates and where they stand on various issues. Candidates will answer questions from a media panel on various state issues.

Questions for the candidates may be taken from the public during the forum by calling 603-335-7557. Questions from the public may be emailed at anytime to forum@rochesternh.net.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
9 am (doors open at 8:30)
North Conway Grand Hotel Congressional District 1 Debate. Hosted by Mt. Washington Economic Council. Moderated by George Epstein, chair of The Echo Group. Please register in advance. Light breakfast will be served; $10 donation requested.

To register: https://mwvec.com/

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6 pm
Josiah Bartlett School
Bartlett Village, NH
"Carroll County Votes" series--NH House district 1 & 7 & County Commissioner candidates. Public welcome.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7 pm
Town Hall
5 E Main St
Warner, NH 03278
Candidates forum for NH House & Senate, Exec. Council. Candidates for the following districts have been invited:

NH House Merrimack districts 7 and 25, NH Senate district 15, and Executive Council district 2.

Organized and moderated by League of Women Voters of the Kearsarge/Sunapee Area

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:30 meet&greet; 7 pm forum
Town Hall (2nd floor)
Main St
Antrim, NH
Candidates forum NH Executive Council District 5. Sponsored by the Antrim/Bennington Lions Club. Public welcome. Bring written questions to be asked by the moderator, beginning at 7 pm.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Ave.
Concord, NH 03301
Gubernatorial Candidate Forum. AARP New Hampshire and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce are the hosts. The event is free and open to AARP members, their families, and the general public. Registration is required and lunch is provided.

To register: https://local.aarp.org/aarp-event/aarp-nh-voter-education-governors-forum-concord-nh-102418-vsnydbzgcwb.html

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
12:30 to 2:30 pm
Gibson Center
14 Grove St.
North Conway, NH 03860
Candidates forum Northern Carroll County. All candidates whose names appear on the November ballot in Northern Carroll County are welcome to have 5 minutes to share their platforms or answer questions.

Organized by the Gibson Center for Senior Services.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7 pm
Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main St
Jaffrey, NH 03452
Meet the candidates for NH House. Candidates from the following towns have been invited:

Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple, Rindge, Fitzwilliam

Organized by the League of Women Voters NH PeterboroughPlus unit.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7 pm; doors open at 6:30
Baker Library
509 South St
Bow, NH 03304
Candidates forum for Bow NH area (Merrimack Dist 23 NH House and Senate Dist 16). Candidates for NH House and Senate will take the stage at 7 pm.

Also invited are the candidates for Executive Council District 4 and for Merrimack County Sheriff and County Attorney, who will take the stage at 8 pm.

Sponsored by the Baker Free Library and the League of Women Voters NH. Free and open to the public. Bring your questions for the candidates!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7-8 pm
Radio broadcast NHPR Debate for NH Governor. Hosted by NHPR "The Exchange" with Laura Knoy.

Taped at Manchester Community College on 10/24 at 6 pm.

Also streamed on Facebook Live.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7 pm
Runnells Hall
Chocorua, NH
"Carroll County Votes" series--NH House districts 3 & 7 and County Commissioners. Public welcome.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7-9 pm
Plainfield Town Hall
1079 Rte 12A
Plainfield, NH 03781
Candidates forum for NH House Sullivan District 1 and floterial District 9. Organized by the Sullivan county Democrats and the Sullivan county Republican organizations. Moderated by the League of Women Voters NH.

Public invited to attend. Written questions from the audience will be collected at the start of the event, to be asked by the moderator.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
9-10 am
Radio broadcast NHPR Debate for NH Governor. Hosted by NHPR "The Exchange" with Laura Knoy.

Also streamed on Facebook Live.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm
Somersworth City Hall
Government Way
Somersworth, NH 03878
Somersworth forum. Residents and business owners will have an opportunity to meet candidates running for state offices representing Somersworth. Sponsored by The Falls Chamber of Commerce.

It is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register HERE. http://thefallschamber.com/events/candidates-forum/

All candidates present will have the opportunity to share their platforms and positions with the City's constituents and there will be ample time for residents and businesses to ask questions and share their concerns and top priorities with the candidates.

The event will be televised by The City of Somersworth on Channel 22.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7 pm
Tracy Memorial Library
304 Main Street
New London, NH 03257
Candidates forum for NH House (Newbury & New London) & Senate Dist. 8, Exec. Council Dist. 1. Organized by the League of Women Voters of the Kearsarge/Sunapee Area. Public welcome; bring your questions.

[Not sponsored by the library.]

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7 pm
Kimball Library
5 Academy Ave.
Atkinson, NH 03811
Candidates forum for NH House (Atkinson & Plaistow). Candidates for NH House for Rockingham distict 14 and floterial district 34 have been invited to participate.

Doors open at 6:45 for informal conversation with the candidates.

Organized and moderated by the League of Women Voters NH.

Public welcome; bring your questions for the candidates.

Monday, October 29, 2018
7 pm
WMUR TV
and
St. Anselm College
Institute of Politics
Debate for Congressional District 1. Will be televised on channel 9.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
7 pm
WMUR TV
and
St. Anselm College
Institute of Politics
Debate for Congressional District 2. Will be televised on channel 9.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
4:30-6:00 pm
Holiday Inn
9 Northeastern Blvd
Nashua, NH
Candidate forum Congressional District 2 (in Nashua). This event costs $10 to attend. Light refreshments and cash bar. Hosted by Nashua Chamber of Commerce. Registration at the CofC website: http://www.nashuachamber.com/candidateseries2018/
Thursday, November 1, 2018
7 pm
WMUR TV
and
St. Anselm College
Institute of Politics
Debate for NH Governor. Will be televised on channel 9.

The League expresses disappointment that WMUR has denied a place on the debate stage to the Libertarian candidate who won the primary for her party. She is on the ballot, and the Libertarian party is an official party in NH. League believes she has a right to be in this debate.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
generally 7 to 7; some polls may open earlier and stay open until 8 pm.
local polling places General election for county, state, and congressional seats. If you are not already registered, you may register on the day of the election, at your polling place.

Training or Assistance Offered for Candidate Forum Organizers

If your civic club or organization is interested in organizing a candidates forum in your community, the League of Women Voters New Hampshire is happy to work with you. We can advise you on protocols. We can also supply a moderator, if requested. With years of forum experience in our background, we have prepared a manual to make it easy for any civic group to organize and to run a forum. We offer a free training, or if you have some experience and just want advice on a point or two, feel free to contact us. Email the League president via our Contact Us page.