The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Downtown Association together hosted a local candidate's forum at the Main Street Market Wednesday night in Buffalo.
Candidates for city council, county commission and state senate were on hand to answer some prepared questions and to take a few from the crowd.
City council members Bill Hawley and Scott Madsen and challenger Logan Nimick are running for two open seats on the council and answered questions concerning infrastructure improvements, economic development and maintaining Buffalo's heritage while dealing with growth.
Nimick, the third person running in the race, was not present and did not submit a written statement.
State Senator John Schiffer is running against Kearny resident Bob Johnson, and they both answered questions on how the state can prepare for falling gas prices, a sluggish economy and how to create jobs in that climate. Whether or not to implement a gasoline or “road tax” was also discussed, with Johnson against any new taxes and Schiffer saying he was “realistic about the possibility” of a road tax happening this next session.
Finally in the county commission race, incumbent Smokey Wildeman will face off against Russ Humphrey, John Lueders, Chuck Bidonde and Jim Hicks. All but Hicks were present and took questions concerning lower valuation in the county and how that will affect future budgets, and how thew county can help with economic development. Hicks' prepared statement was read to those at the forum.
The forum took just over two hours and afterwards, Chamber Director Angela Jarvis was asked if there would be any other forums before the primary election August 21.