Pekin Public Library to Host Candidate Forum and Discussion for Upcoming April 4th Election




Pekin Public Library to Host  

Candidate Forum and Discussion 

The public is invited to learn more about mayoral and city council candidates through multiple events prior to April 4th election 


February 23, 2023; Pekin, IL February 23, 2023; Pekin, IL Citizens of Pekin are invited to attend the mayoral and city council candidate events at the Pekin Public Library on Thursdays, March 9th and March 23rd from 6-8:00 p.m. These events are an opportunity for voters to learn more about candidates themselves and to hear discussions on relevant issues.   

The first event on Thursday, March 9th will be moderated by the League of Women’s Voters. City council candidates will speak from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and mayoral candidates from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is an informal opportunity for the candidates to speak on themselves. The Candidate Forum will be available to view online 

The Candidate Discussion takes place Thursday, March 23rd and will be moderated by Chris Kaergard of the Dirksen Congressional Center. As an interactional opportunity on relevant community issues, the event will feature city council candidates from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with mayoral candidates to follow. Questions will include submissions from constituency in attendance.  

In addition, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce will release candidate-submitted videos of self-introduction beginning Thursday, February 23rd 

All mayoral and city council candidates have been invited to the events. Mayoral candidates include Mary J. Burress, Becky Cloyd and David B. Nutter. City Council candidates are John Abel, Joshua L. Hafliger, Rick Hilst, Karen Hohimer, Robert Jaskiewicz, Matthew Johnson, Jacob Brisbin, and Jim Mangan. 

A collective group of community-minded individuals and organizations have come together to coordinate these events. The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce will promote the events, the Pekin Public Library will host the events, Michelle Bohm of the League of Women Voters and Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman will assist with production, along with community members Tiffany White and Shannon Sandoval. 


For more information about the event including streaming details, visit: 


About the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce- The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce creates opportunities for Pekin area businesses to succeed by cultivating an environment in which business, government, and community work collaboratively. Membership is open to any business or organization that supports this vision.  Follow the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce with @PekinChamber.  


Brittney Hogue  
Member Communications Coordinator  
Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce  

 Candidate videos will be available for viewing beginning February 23rd at 12:00 p.m.




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