Newspapers, QAC-TV team up for video forum
CENTREVILLE — The Bay Times and Record Observer newspapers are partnering with QACTV to host a county commission candidate video forum to promote an informed voting public.
“The concept of a video forum that we introduced in 2014 worked well and gave all candidates a chance to be heard at a time that would work with their schedule, so we decided to repeat it,” said editor Angela Price. “Very few people want to spend two to three hours at a night meeting. With our video forum concept, both the candidates and the public can participate at their convenience.”
“We’re glad to work in partnership with Chesapeake Publishing and provide an opportunity for the citizens to get to know the candidates a little better,” said George Harvey, QAC-TV manager.
All 10 candidates for Queen Anne’s County Commission were invited to take part in the forum. Each participant was given the same questions and the same amount of time to answer each question.
QAC-TV filmed the individual interviews with reporter Hannah Combs. Each will be posted as a YouTube video on myeasternshoremd.com and also run on QAC-TV. Voters can watch them all at once or view one candidate at a time. The videos run less than 15 minutes each.
Each candidate was asked to introduce themselves, explain why they want to be commissioner and describe the top issues facing the county. Then they were asked six topical questions, several of which had been suggested by readers.
Watch for ads in the local papers and on QAC-TV announcing when the videos are ready. Interviews will be completed this week.
“We hope to have the video forum up for viewing by next week,” Price said.