However, on Monday, the chamber was forced to cancel the event. Andi
Hake, executive director of the chamber, provided the following
statement Wednesday evening, saying she wanted the public to
understand what had happened and that the chamber of commerce will
continue to host such events in the future, just not this year.
Memo provided by Andi Hake:
The Chamber has
cancelled the Mayoral Forum that was originally scheduled for
tomorrow, Thursday, February 21st. This event was to be held at
Lincoln College Johnson Center.
The hosting of a
debate or forum for elections is a tradition the Chamber plans to
continue but the canceling of this year's event was unavoidable due
to the fact that Mr. Shelby, one of the two candidates for Mayor,
did not respond to the Chamber by the cut-off date of Friday,
Mr. Shelby moved
sometime after filing his paperwork and never reported the change of
address to the City. This information was discovered after a
conversation with Mr. Shelby on Wednesday, February 20, when he
returned a call to the chamber office.
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We are disappointed
that we are not able to host the forum this year. Along with it
being a tradition for the Chamber, the forum is an important event
with the purpose of providing a non-partisan opportunity for the
candidates to discuss their ideas and to highlight the differences
in their individual platforms. It is also intended to further engage
the citizens of Lincoln in the democratic process.
The Chamber of
Commerce does not endorse or promote any particular candidate or
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