The Observer is hosting a live online chat with key players in the Nov. 5 bond referendum at noon Thursday.
We have stories, maps and other resources related to the bond votes available at the Observer's voter guide page as well.
Students with GenerationNation, a youth civics and leadership group, have also posted responses to questionnaires for school board and municipal candidates. There are other candidate surveys out there, including the Observer's, but the young people asked some interesting questions. For instance, they asked all candidates about how CMS, local and state governments should work together. They got a lot of predictable "collaboration is important" answers, but Republican mayoral candidate Edwin Peacock suggested holding Charlotte City Council meetings in schools around the city.
Instead of asking for political party, GenerationNation asked for "political viewpoint," intentionally inviting responses that don't fit the obvious labels. Most gave the party labels anyway, but they got a few interesting answers, such as "fiscally and socially responsible which would categorize my views as moderate" from Democratic mayoral candidate Patrick Cannon, "speaking for all people" from unopposed school board candidate Joyce Waddell and "Unitarian" from school board candidate Queen Elizabeth Thompson.
Naturally, I was especially interested in another question: Favorite news source. It probably does tell you something that school board member Tom Tate cites NPR while Paul Bailey, a candidate in a different district board race, cites Fox News. The Observer got a few mentions, and quite a few cited "the internet."