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Jul. 1, 2009 at 7:04am

Mayoral Candidate Forum Tonight

Get to know more about the future mayor of Tacoma tonight at a forum being held on the UPS campus. This is the first time since 2002 we'll have a new mayor and if we nail it we could have some great years ahead of us. Marilyn Strickland and Jim Merritt will speak then answer audience questions for a couple hours at this City Club and League of Women Voters sponsored event. $30 for non-club members.

Link to more Candidate Forum info

So what single issue is most important to you for our mayor-to-be?

comments [10]  |  posted under candidates, jim merritt, marilyn strickland, mayor, politics, tacoma

Comments

by fredo on 7/1/2009 @ 8:12am
Will the candidate be accepting funding from or the endorsement of any city labor union?

by KevinFreitas on 7/1/2009 @ 8:20am
That's a solid question. So what would an answer to that in the affirmative or negative meant to you Fredo?

by ElectricElliot on 7/1/2009 @ 10:12am
$30 for non club members? Yeah, that's going to bring in a lot of people. I imagine they'd make more money if it was open to the public and asked for donations. Not to mention, that might BENEFIT more people including the candidates.

Talk about a candidate forum.

by Nick on 7/1/2009 @ 11:02am
Seriously, do these candidates want to actually communicate with voters, or just encourage us to go see an overpriced movie with an extra $20 in our pocket instead?

Ok maybe that was a little cynical, but at $30 why bother even allowing non-members to attend?

by fredo on 7/1/2009 @ 11:52am
If a candidate affirms an affiliation with a city labor union that would be a negative for me.

The city is already spending from its reserve accounts to make payroll. What's next... insolvency? Neither mayoral candidates nor council candidates should accept donations from groups they will ultimately have to negotiate with.

by NineInchNachos on 7/1/2009 @ 12:08pm
IOU 1 California state government

by boearc on 7/1/2009 @ 3:09pm
Is this a Candidate Forum or a Fundraiser. $30? That's 10 martini's at 701. I'll have to wait for the blog review(s) of the event.

by Erik on 7/1/2009 @ 3:31pm
One thing that always amazed me about Tacoma is its lack of a central candidate forum sponsored by the local TV and newspapers.

All we have is tiny insular forums and special interest groups who vet the candidates for their own purposes followed by mailers and yard signs.

Sure would be nice to see the candidates for all of the offices this year engage in a widely viewed debate like other cities.

by KevinFreitas on 7/1/2009 @ 4:45pm
@boearc and everyone: This is a pretty standard fee the City Club seems to charge for their events and lunches. I don't know if the money goes to the candidates but I doubt it since both are going to be present. Likewise, when I spoke about blogging in front of the City Club last year I didn't get paid. Think it's just to cover food and other club expenses.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 7/1/2009 @ 4:56pm
I think the City Club has its own financial troubles with breaking leases and all. I suspect they need the money.

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