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Local affordable housing advocacy group to host city commission, school board candidate forum

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Local affordable housing advocacy group to host city commission, school board candidate forum

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A local advocacy group, the Coalition for a Diverse Decatur and Diverse DeKalb, will host a candidate forum for Decatur’s city commission and school board races next month.

The group advocates for housing policies that “allow all citizens to live in a home they can afford, with a specific focus on creating affordable housing that is available to people of low, moderate and fixed incomes,” according to a press release from the organization.

According to the release, candidate forums are intended to provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the candidates and their views on affordable housing and diversity in the community.

The forum will take place Wednesday, Oct.16 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Dining Hall of Legacy Park at 500 S. Columbia Dr. in Decatur.

Audience members will be able to submit questions in writing at the forum. Due to time constraints and the number of candidates, not all questions will be asked.

Questions should be on the issues and applicable to all candidates, the release said. No personal attacks or biased questions will be accepted. Additionally, candidate literature and campaign materials will be available after the event, but none is allowed inside the venue to preserve the decorum and neutrality of the forum.

For additional information on the candidate forum, contact the coalition’s spokesperson, Emily Halevy, at (404) 580-2178 or diversedekalb@gmail.com.

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