We're going to try something different for the Post-Bulletin Dialogue on Wednesday, Aug. 3.
We won't have a panel, a front table or a podium. We'll have three chairs, one for me, one for Rochester City Council President Randy Staver and one for Rochester businessman and community activist Sean Allen, who's challenging Staver for his seat on the council.
They'll make some opening comments about why they're running for the most important elective job in Rochester city government. I'll ask several questions about key issues the city is facing and how they'd deal with them, and they'll respond and engage with each other, more in conversation than in debate.
And for the last half-hour of the 90-minute Dialogue, they'll take questions directly from the audience, as we typically do.
I have high hopes that this can be the most enlightening conversation you'll hear about local issues during this election season, and I appreciate that the candidates are willing to take a shot at this.
I'm planning some different ways to get public input for the questions I'll ask, including a live chat session on Postbulletin.com, but you can pitch some questions here or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.