Candidate Forum at Maplewood Elementary

By Jim Walker
Originally published in the August 2018 issue of The Flea

Election season is just around the corner! There are not only national mid-term and important state elections, but there are several important local issues also on the ballot. We’re organizing a local issues forum the evening of Wednesday, September 5, at Maplewood Elementary so that you have an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and meet the candidates for Mayor and City Council District 9 seeking to represent our area.

Residents of Cherrywood, Schieffer-Willowbrook, Wilshire Wood, and Delwood II neighborhoods are invited to attend. There is not a current plan to offer childcare; supervised children are welcome. Plans for refreshments are currently in progress. Keep an eye on your neighborhood webpage or email group for updates.

The candidate forum will begin at 6 pm and kick off with the non-candidate issues on the ballot most relevant to our area, starting with CodeNext/land use code issues. We won’t know until late August (after The Flea goes to print) how the recent court ruling directing the City to put major land use code rewrites to voter approval will appear on the November ballot. Assuming something will be on the ballot, we’ll have a neutral party interpret the ballot language. There will be a panel discussion about what voting for or against the ballot item will mean. Forum panelists will be residents of the neighborhoods in our area. This event is not intended to be a formal debate but rather a forum for neighbors to advocate for a position to their fellow neighbors. The candidate forum will be a safe environment for all who want to learn more about engaging in local democracy.

From 7–8 pm we’ll talk with the two candidates for City Council District 9: incumbent councilor Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and her challenger, Danielle Skidmore. The candidates will give an opening statement and then be asked a few prepared questions about their decision-making style and how voters can influence them. There will be time for audience questions and answers as well.

From 8–9 pm two mayoral candidates, the incumbent Mayor Steve Adler and former Council Member Laura Morrison, will take the stage. Each candidate will offer opening remarks and then be asked about their approach to decision-making and how voters can influence them. Audience Q and A will follow. Two other candidates who have declared for mayor (as of newsletter printing) but not invited to the discussion are Travis Duncan and Alex Strenger.

We’ll relocate to Cherrywood Coffeehouse at 9 pm for libations and continued conversation.

The last day to register to vote in November elections is Tuesday, October 9. We’ll have registration forms on hand or you can visit the Travis County Voter Registration page to register.

Travis County Election staff have been invited to attend the forum, to answer questions about voter registration, voter identification requirements, and other voting issues. Voters can also check out their registration status at www.votetravis.com, which may be helpful in light of controversy about voters being purged from systems.

 

Jennifer Potter-Miller

About Jennifer Potter-Miller

Chair, Friends of Patterson Park, Social Media Chair, Maplewood Elementary School PTA, and Content Editor, Flea newsletter

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