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We are a mere 39 days away from the April general election, and we know readers have questions for the candidates running for office in their respective municipalities. The Racine Taxpayers Association and Racine County Eye are sponsoring a series of forums in the City of Racine and the Village of Mount Pleasant so residents can hear from Mayor John Dickert, Melvin Hargrove, Mark Gleason, Jerry Garski, Monte Osterman, Steve Smetana, respectively. Two questions each will come from the RTA and RCE for the candidates at the events, but the majority of the questions will come from residents, and the candidates will have equal time to answer. Instead of a debate that features answers and rebuttals, these forums will be more like extended Q&A sessions. Sam Wahlen, president of the RTA, will moderate the forums, and Heather Asiyanbi from RCE will keep the time. Mount Pleasant Village President: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive. Candidates: Mark Gleason (i) and Jerry Garski Racine Mayor: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in the Great Lakes Room at Gateway Technical College, 1001 Main Street. Candidates: John Dickert (i); Melvin Hargrove To watch video from the Feb. 5 mayoral candidate forum, click here. Racine Aldermanic: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in the Great Lakes Room at Gateway. Candidates: 5th District: Monte Osterman (i), Steve Smetana 7th District: Ray DeHahn (i), Eric L. Mohr  

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In addition to our education features, we’ll be kicking off a series of stories highlighting how parents, students, and educators are adapting to the impact of COVID-19 on education. If this is important to you, please consider donating to our education reporting fund. https://business.facebook.com/donate/1846323118855149/3262802717172659/