Northland Coalition hosts virtual legislative forum

Northland Coalition hosts area legislative candidates for the August 2020 primary election via zoom meeting July 15.

Volunteers of the Northland Coalition will host a virtual legislative forum from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 15.

“We are inviting the community to join us for this chance to hear their candidates address substance use and mental health issues affecting our youth and communities,” said Emily Barnes, a community prevention specialist with Tri-County Mental Health Services.

The forum will provide each attending state representative and Senate candidate an opportunity to respond to a randomly selected questions focused on substance use and mental health issues impacting Clay, Platte and Ray counties.

Following the question and answer period, attendees and candidates will break out into specific “Zoom rooms” where each candidate will address specific, previously submitted questions from the community.

Preregistration is required for this free event. Anyone interested in registering can do so by visiting the coalition’s website at and clicking on “2020 Legislative Forum” under the Upcoming Events tab.

Each registrant will receive a confirmation email and the link a week prior to the event with information to facilitate joining. Cancellations must be received by noon July 14 by contacting Barnes at or 468-0400, option 5, ext. 383.

The Northland Coalition is composed of volunteers from Clay, Platte and Ray counties committed to fighting alcohol and drug misuse among Northland youth, states a press release.

The coalition receives funding and support from Tri-County Mental Health Services, the Division of Behavioral Health, the United Way, Clay County Children Services Fund and the Clay, Platte, Ray Mental Health Tax Levy Board.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at or 389-6606.

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