Candidates for state representative and county commissioner will make their cases and state and county ballot measures will be explained at a free Wallowa County Election Forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise.

Co-sponsored by the Chieftain, Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce and Wallowa County Branch of the American Association of University Women, the forum has invited:

z State Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, who seeks re-election, and Jean Falbo, a Joseph Democrat, who is campaigning to unseat Smith.

z Paul Castilleja of Joseph, a conservative Republican, and Marc Stauffer of Enterprise, who lists himself as unaffiliated, who are locked in a battle for a Wallowa County commission seat.

The county measure to form a fairgrounds service district will be explained by Saralyn Johnson, head of the Wallowa County Fairgrounds Service District political action committee.

Lexi Fields, chief financial officer of the Wallowa County Health Care District, and the district's nursing officer, Laurie Marcum, will discuss the district's measure to levy a tax to help pay for a new county nursing home to replace the outmoded Wallowa Valley Care Center.

The seven countywide measures are slated to be explored by County Commissioner Susan Roberts, head of the county Republican central committee, and John McColgan, head of the county Democratic Party.

Moderator will be Lou Perry, solar-energy contractor from Joseph.

Residents with questions for the candidates or about the issues may e-mail them in advance to (

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