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Election Day is on the horizon, and political debates are heating up this week on both the national and local scenes. Here are upcoming forums for Teton County voters:

• At 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, a Zoom debate for candidates seeking election to the Teton County Board of County Commissioners will be held via livestream. Democratic incumbents Greg Epstein and Natalia Macker will face Republicans Christian Beckwith and Peter Long, and Independent Wes Gardner. Two seats are open.

The session — sponsored by the local League of Women Voters in conjunction with Teton County Library and local media partners — will include an opportunity for the public to email questions to a moderator. Questions can be sent to Reade Dornan, at dornan@msu.edu, who will pass them on to panel members for their consideration. During the debate, the public can email questions to the same address for potential presentation to the candidates. Livestream via the library website, TCLib.org, or listen in via KHOL at 89.1 FM.

• At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, nonpartisan Jackson Town Council and mayoral candidates will Zoom-meet in the third of five League of Women Voters forums. The mayoral tilt pits incumbent council member Hailey Morton Levinson against Michael Kudar. Jim Rooks, Devon Viehman, Jessica Chambers and incumbent Mayor Pete Muldoon are vying for two open seats. Livestream via the library website, TCLib.org, or listen in via KHOL at 89.1 FM.

• At noon Thursday, Oct. 8, the Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition will host a two-hour online Candidate Water Forum. Mayor and Town Council candidates will address valley water quality and recreation issues for the first hour, and Teton County commissioner candidates will speak during the second hour. Livestream the forum at TCLib.org.

• At 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, School Board and House District 22 candidates will debate in the fourth of five League of Women voters forums. The evening will see incumbent Independent Rep. Jim Roscoe debate Republican challenger Bill Winney for state representative. Five school board candidates — Thomas Smits, Jennifer Zung and incumbents Betsy Carlin, Kate Mead and Bill Scarlett — are seeking election to four nonpartisan open seats. Livestream via the library website at TCLib.org or listen in via KHOL at 89.1 FM.

• At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, hospital trustees will face voters when incumbents Bruce Hayse, Cynthia Hogan, Scott Gibson, Sue Critzer and Debbie Hopkins appear via Zoom. Livestream via TCLib.org.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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