The Independent is holding a candidates’ forum for the two men running for mayor in Edgewood.

The forum will be at the Edgewood Community Center at 5 p.m. on Feb. 17.

In a simple format, each man will have the chance to tell the community why he should be mayor, followed by a question and answer period, moderated by this reporter.

Two town councilors are also up for re-election, although neither faces an opponent. Both are invited to the forum, which will focus exclusively on the contested race for mayor.

Both Brad Hill, the incumbent, and challenger John Bassett have agreed to participate.

Questions will be accepted in advance and at the venue. To submit questions, email or call 505-286-1212.

The newspaper plans a live webcast and video recording of the forum, which will be posted on its website,

Early voting for municipal elections statewide started today, Feb. 10. The elections will be held March 1 in towns around the state.