RACINE — Two local African American organizations plan to bring Racine Unified School Board candidates before the local black community for an election forum next month.
The forum — presented by the local NAACP branch and the African American Roundtable of Leaders — will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Miracle Center, 1100 Grand Ave., ahead of the April 5 general election, according to the Rev. Ernest Ni’A, who is coordinating the event.
It is one of three forums scheduled within a seven-day period that will give residents a chance to hear from School Board candidates on the issues facing the district.
Ni’A — who was a School Board candidate himself and was eliminated from contention in the primary elections last week — said the forum is meant to reach out to urban black voters who might not be able to attend other election events and hear from candidates.
“We are trying to get to portions of the African American community who would otherwise not go to a forum,” he said.
Ni’A said it is not yet clear which School Board candidates will be attending the forum.
Ni’A noted that this forum is not meant to compete with other forums — like the two being held by the Racine Taxpayers Association and Racine County Eye.
The first of those two will feature candidates from election districts 3, 6, 7 and 8 — which are mostly in Racine — at Gateway Technical College’s Racine campus, 1001 S. Main St., at 7 p.m., March 22.
The second will host candidates from districts 2, 4, 5 and 9 — representing most of Racine Unified’s outer municipalities — in a separate forum at Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, at 7 p.m., March 29.
Neither forum is set to include District 1, which encompasses Sturtevant and parts of Mount Pleasant and Racine and had only one candidate running for that seat.
To learn which district you live in go to: www.rusd.org/district/rusd-election-districts