Circuit Court Judicial Forum

At noon on March 20, 2017, at the Best Western Park Hotel – Top of the Park Room, DCBA will be holding a circuit court candidate forum with the two candidates vying to fill the Branch 1 circuit court vacancy. There will be a period of time for open and closing remarks with questions being asked between the open and closing remarks. It will be determined by lot who goes first in opening remarks. For closing remarks, the order of presentation will be reversed. Sarah Zylstra will be the moderator of the program, and will be asking the candidates the questions. The questions are submitted to ahead of time and screened by the moderator to be substantive. Each candidate will be provided the opportunity to answer each question. Every effort will be made to make sure that the order for answering questions is rotated. The amount of time allotted for open and closing remarks somewhat depends on the number of questions that have been submitted. The forum will be divided into 3 sections and should last about 60 minutes. There will be an opening, questions and a closing. The moderator will give each candidate 2 minutes to answer a question. If there are 10 questions at two minutes a candidate, 40 minutes will be used. This means 20 minutes for open and closing remarks - 5 minutes for each candidates’ open and closing. As in previous years, we seek your input for questions to the candidates. By no later than March 16, 2018, please submit any questions you have to either Sarah Zylstra at or Bob Jordan at