The Central Park Neighborhood Association in concert with the Hannibal Courier-Post are sponsoring a Mayoral and 2nd Ward Debate. Unlike the got-you, contentious national debates, this will be a venue for the candidates to express their vision for Hannibal’s future. As such, Branson Wood will be the moderator. Branson is a well respected attorney here in Hannibal and will craft his own questions for the participants based on his intimate knowledge of the issues important to every Hannibal citizen. There will not be questions from the audience.
The entire community is invited to attend. Sadly, Mayor Hark has formally said he will not attend. We certainly feel it is unfortunate he has chosen not to express his vision for Hannibal in a non-contentious debate format and hope he will change his mind. The two remaining Mayoral candidates and both 2nd Ward candidates have also been formally invited.
Hannibal is a great town and like every other town in the country, has issues that need to be addressed. Our local elections should not be a popularity contest. They should be a based on track record and a vision for how to solve the many issues confronting our citizens everyday. This debate will offer each participating candidate an opportunity to shed light on these issues. The Central Park Neighborhood Association does not endorse any candidates.
We hope Hannibal Citizens will attend this important community event. Here are the details:
When: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14.
Where: Mark Twain Museum, 2nd floor conference room

Bob Yapp
Zoning & Codes
Central Park Neighborhood Association

Editor’s note: While the Courier-Post is serving as co-sponsor of this event, the view expressed in Mr. Yapp’s letter do not necessarily reflect the newspaper’s stand on this topic.