VOLUME 2, ISSUE 8 APRIL 29MAY 26, 2020
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CHOICES TOMAKE Gilbert’s council ballot came into focus after the April 6 nominating petition deadline.
Copingwith COVID Businesses, schools, residents persevere
The normally congested Heritage District had little weekday trac.
AUG. 4 Primary and town elections NOV. 3 General election and possible runo
BALLOT MAYOR • Lynne King Smith • Gary Livacari
• Matt Nielsen • Brigette Peterson
FOURYEAR COUNCIL SEATS TWO • Scott Anderson • Tyler Hudgins • Busola Obayomi • Kathy Tilque TWOYEAR COUNCIL SEAT • Laurin Hendrix • Bill Spence
SOURCE: TOWN OF GILBERTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Resignations, pandemic shape ballot, campaigns
BY TOM BLODGETT
Having already aected who is on the ballot for Gilbert’s August town elections, the coronavirus pan- demic is shaping the earliest stages of campaigns— and perhaps for longer. While social distancing is the order of the day in town and around the nation, social media has become the platform of choice in a year when Gil- bert could see as many as six of seven council seats change hands, the candidates said. Messaging, however, can be tricky, according to the candidates, when people are cooped up in their homes, worrying about their jobs or businesses and how to put food on the table. Mayoral candidateMatt Nielsen said since elections will not be delayed, candidates have to nd a way CONTINUED ON 14
Businesses temporarily closed in an environment of economic uncertainty.
Crowds thinned at Gilbert’s Farmers Market, and many took to wearing masks.
PHOTOS BY ISABELLA SHORTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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