Several forums for this year’s Mesquite City Council election are scheduled in the next few weeks. There are three seats up for election with two candidates per seat running in the general election on Nov. 6.

The November ballot will have incumbent Geno Withelder running against Sandra Ramaker for Seat 1, newcomers Annie Black is facing off against Karen Fielding for Seat 4, and George Gault is running against incumbent David Ballweg for Seat 3.

This year marks the first Mesquite City Council election in which candidates had to declare for a particular seat rather than running at large. Seat numbers do not limit the geographic area of representation like ward numbers do. Rather, it limits the candidates to running against another individual rather than a whole group. All seats carry a four-year term that expires in 2022.

These are forums the Mesquite Local News is currently aware of.

The Virgin Valley Community Alliance is holding a council candidate forum on Thursday, Sep. 27 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Rising Star Sports Ranch. The Alliance is a newly formed group whose purpose is the bridge the gap between the interests of young families and retirees in the Mesquite area. The forum is designed to query candidates regarding the impact of council actions on local families.

Mesquite Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Mesquite council candidate forum during their monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Casablanca hotel casino at 950 W. Mesquite Blvd. RSVP to or call 702-346-2902.

The Mesquite Republican Women are hosting a General Election mixer/forum for Mesquite council candidates on Oct. 13 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 700 Hardy Way. There will be short candidate speeches from 2-2:45 p.m., a brief discussion on ballot initiatives from 3-3:45 p.m. and a mix and mingle with candidates from 4-5 p.m.

The League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada is sponsoring a question/answer forum with Mesquite council candidates on Oct. 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Mesquite Community Theater on North Yucca Street. Contact for more information.