Various groups are planning voter-education forums in coming weeks to educate Columbia residents on what a strong mayor form of government is and what it could mean for the city.
Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m., a discussion and educational forum with speakers from both sides of the issue, sponsored by the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council. At the Eau Claire print building, 3907 Ensor Ave. at Monticello Road
Oct. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., a discussion and educational forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area. Features Scott Slatton of the Municipal Association of South Carolina. At the USC law school auditorium, 701 S. Main St.
Oct. 14, 7-8 p.m., a discussion sponsored by the College Place Community Council, featuring the Municipal Association’s Scott Slatton, Reba H. Campbell and Jeff Shacker. At College Place United Methodist Church, 4801 Colonial Drive
Oct. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m., a panel discussion of the pros and cons of various forms of government for Columbia, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area. Panelists are Jon Pierce, of the USC Institute for Public Service and Policy research; Gary Cannon, executive director of the S.C. Workers Compensation Commission and a government relations professional; Diane Sumpter, president and CEO of DESA Inc. At the USC law school auditorium, 701 S. Main St.