The Rotary Club of Cape Charles will be sponsoring a public forum for all Cape Charles town council candidates on Wednesday evening, April 27th, at 7:00 PM, at the Cape Charles Civic Center on Randolph Avenue. The moderator of the forum will be Wayne Bell, a current member and former president of the Cape Charles Rotary Club who has experience moderating numerous forums on the Eastern Shore. This will be the only opportunity for the voting residents of Cape Charles to meet all of the town council candidates at a neutral venue this year, and the club very much hopes that all of those candidates will participate. Rotary Clubs are not permitted to take positions on political issues, much less support any particular political candidate. However, as community service organizations, Rotary Clubs often sponsor candidates’ forums in an effort to help educate their communities relative to the issues involved and regarding the candidates themselves, and to allow as many voters as possible to meet the candidates, hear them answer questions, and compare and contrast all of the candidates in an unbiased setting. The Cape Charles club held a similar forum two years ago, and as before, the candidates will be asked to answer several questions which will be sent to them in advance, as well as questions originating from the audience that evening. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.
Members of Rotary are urged to apply the following four tests to the things they say and do, and the club will ask the candidates who participate in their forum, as well as those in the audience, to also apply these tests to their remarks at the forum: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?