On Oct 12, 2017, the city sponsored a debate between candidates for city office. The format of the meeting was that each candidate was given time for an opening statement. Then candidates were given between 30 and 90 seconds to respond to questions. Following the question period each candidate was given the opportunity to give a closing statement.
City council candidates (Chris Kemp, Dennis LeBaron, Kurt Ostler, and Scott Smith) went through the process first followed by mayoral candidates (Jessie Schoenfeld and me – Rod Mann).
Clearly, one to two minute responses aren’t enough to thoroughly address issues. They do however, provide an opportunity to provide an overview and take a position. A number of issues were raised in opening and closing statements that were not addressed in the Q&A period. If you have questions please feel free to contact me via phone, email, or text and I will be happy to share my thoughts with you.