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As a service for the community, each election year the Ashland Chamber of Commerce hosts and sponsors Fall Legislative Candidate Forums.  For the 2018 Election, the Ashland Chamber recorded Legislative Forums for the following positions: State Senator (District 3), State Representative (District 5), Jackson County Commissioner (Positions 1 and 3), Jackson County Sheriff, Ashland City Council (Positions 2, 3, 4 and 6) and Ashland Parks & Recreation Commissioners (Positions 3, 4 and 5).

Questions for the Forums were created by the Chamber's Executive Committee and were sent to the candidates in advance. The discussion was chaired by Ashland Chamber Legislative Chair, Cindy Bernard and Ashland Chamber President, Mary Gardiner and moderated by Board Members - Gary Blake, Sheila Clough and Marie Lange. They were filmed at the SOU Digital Media Center - RVTV Studios. 

The forums will be broadcast on the following media outlets throughout the month of October until Election Day - November 6th, 2018:

Watch or listen online here at ashlandchamber.com/LegislativeForums -
SCROLL BELOW for links to watch online or to listen to the audio version  

Television Stations

The forums will be aired locally on the following channels: 
  • RVTV Prime (Ashland TV channel 9, Charter channel 180)
  • RVTV Civic (Ashland TV channel 14, Charter channel 181)
  • RVTV Voices (Ashland TV channel 15, Charter channel 182)
  • Ashland Home Net – Channel 20

For the PRIME and CIVIC channels – Each Candidate Forum will be available for viewing at least twice per week per RVTV channel beginning October 1st.

RVTV programming schedules: rvtv.sou.edu/schedules

NOTE: This programming schedule is subject to change by the RVTV Studios.  Schedules may be altered if LIVE government programs are previously scheduled.  Please continue to check your local listings for the most current program schedule.

For Channel 20 (Ashland Home Net)– Viewers may watch the Forums on Channel 20 at various times throughout October until Election Day.  Channel 20 is only available for subscribers to Ashland Home Net.  Ashland Home Net is a sponsor of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and will try their best to air the Ashland Chamber’s Legislative Forums as frequently as possible.

For more information, contact Kelsey at the Ashland Chamber, (541) 482-3486 ext. 104.  


The Ashland Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative mission is to provide an opportunity for our members and the greater community to learn about candidates for office and issues. Unlike traditional Chamber models, the Ashland Chamber chooses not to have a Political Action Committee that supports candidates for office. Additionally, we do not participate in the political actions of the US Chamber of Commerce in regard to candidates and issues as we choose to not be members given their current political emphasis.

The Ashland Chamber has many decades of long relationships within the business sector and through effective community partnerships with SOU, the hospital and OSF and with the City of Ashland.  We promote business and the community by providing business resources, creating events such as the Festival of Light and 4th of July, promote tourism, the economy, improve the quality of life and serve as the welcome center for our city.  Over 700 businesses are members of the Chamber representing thousands of employees and jobs and hundreds of community volunteers who are engaged citizens helping to make our community better every day. We believe in collaboration and effective relationships which we hold dear.

The Ashland Chamber is a private, non-profit mutual benefit association.  We required that the candidates refrain from and sign a consent form to prohibit any form of speech that includes profanity, obscenity, hate, racism, or vulgarity or that is insulting or offensive to any ethnic, religious, political or other identifiable group or individual, as determined by the forum moderator.


2018 Fall Legislative Forums - Videos & Images:

 
 2018CanForumSenate

STATE SENATOR (DISTRICT 3) 

Group Photo (left to right): Cindy Bernard (Host), Sheila Clough (Moderator), 
Candidate Jessica Gomez. Candidate Jeff Golden called in by phone.  

WATCH State Senator (District 3) HERE: https://youtu.be/HbbxZ3_nK-M

LISTEN HERE:
 

2018CanForumSheriff

JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF

Group Photo (left to right)Cindy Bernard (Host), Sheila Clough (Moderator),
Candidate Sheriff Nathan Sickler and Candidate Bill Froehlich.

WATCH Jackson County Sheriff HERE: https://youtu.be/pUat-wk0u1Q

LISTEN HERE:

 

2018StateRepREV

STATE REPRESENTATIVE (DISTRICT 5)

Group Photo (left to right)Cindy Bernard (Host), Sheila Clough (Moderator),
and 
Candidate Representative Pam Marsh. 

 Candidate Sandra Abercrombie did not respond to our invitation to participate.  

WATCH State Representative (District 5) HERE: https://youtu.be/RrC4c5s7Yxo

LISTEN HERE:

 

2018CanForumParks3

ASHLAND PARKS & RECREATION - POSITION #3

Group Photo (left to right)Cindy Bernard (Host), Gary Blake (Moderator),
Candidate Commissioner Mike Gardiner and Candidate Tim Kelly.

WATCH Parks Position #3 HERE: https://youtu.be/YhBBWA1YLVE

LISTEN HERE:

 

2018CanForumParks4

ASHLAND PARKS & RECREATION - POSITION #4

Group Photo (left to right)Cindy Bernard (Host), Gary Blake (Moderator),
Candidate Julian Bell and Candidate Jim Bachman.

WATCH Parks Position #4 HERE: https://youtu.be/Gda5NtDMiZM

LISTEN HERE:

 

 
2018CanForumParks5

ASHLAND PARKS & RECREATION - POSITION #5

Group Photo (left to right)Cindy Bernard (Host), Gary Blake (Moderator),
Candidate Howard McEwan and Candidate Commissioner Rick Landt.

WATCH Parks Position #5 HERE: https://youtu.be/wGr-mFn0Tuk

LISTEN HERE:

 


2018CanForumCoCommish1

JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER - POSITION #1

Group Photo (left to right): Mary Gardiner (Host), Marie Lange (Moderator),
and 
Candidate Amy Thuren. 

 Candidate Frank Brannen and Candidate Commissioner Rick Dyer 
declined to participate due to scheduling conflicts.  

WATCH Jackson County Commissioner Position #1 HERE: https://youtu.be/NHTP_NmZ1bs

LISTEN HERE:

 


2018CanForumCoCommish3

JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER - POSITION #3

Group Photo (left to right)Mary Gardiner (Host), Marie Lange (Moderator),
and 
Candidate Lanita C. Witt. 

 Candidate Commissioner Colleen Roberts and Candidate Edward Stanton
declined to participate due to scheduling conflicts.  

WATCH Jackson County Commissioner Position #3 HERE: https://youtu.be/iI-vjK_gQWk

LISTEN HERE:

 


2018CanForumCouncil2

ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL - POSITION #2

Group Photo (left to right)Mary Gardiner (Host), Marie Lange (Moderator),
Candidate Councilor Michael Morris and Candidate Tonya Graham.
 
 Candidate Theo White declined to participate as he refused to sign
our Consent Form, which is required in order to participate.  

WATCH City Council Position #2 HERE: https://youtu.be/6SDJXWR8-jY

LISTEN HERE:
 


2018CanForumCouncil3

ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL - POSITION #3

Group Photo (left to right)Cindy Bernard (Host), Marie Lange (Moderator),
Candidate Al Willstatter, Candidate Councilor Jackie Bachman and 
Candidate Julie A. Akins.

WATCH City Council Position #3 HERE: https://youtu.be/jXPMH1ybupM

LISTEN HERE:
   


2018CanForumCouncil4

ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL - POSITION #4

Group Photo (left to right)Cindy Bernard (Host), Marie Lange (Moderator),
Candidate Carol Voisin and Candidate Councilor Stefani Seffinger.

WATCH City Council Position #4 HERE: https://youtu.be/l7nl_-dCpCo

LISTEN HERE:
  


2018CanForumCouncil6

ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL - POSITION #6

Group Photo (left to right)Cindy Bernard (Host), Marie Lange (Moderator),
Candidate Randy L. Dolinger and Candidate Councilor Stephen Jensen.

 Candidate George Kramer declined to participate due to scheduling conflicts.

WATCH City Council Position #6 HERE: https://youtu.be/xfaqWifN54Q

LISTEN HERE:
 

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