FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2017
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RENTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES TO APPEAR AT SEPTEMBER FORUM
Voters To Hear Views, Platforms in Advance of Nov. 7 Election
Renton WA – All six Renton city council candidates will present themselves to Renton voters at an open candidate forum on Thursday, September 28, 2017.
The forum will be held at the Carpenters Local 30 Hall, 231 Burnett Ave. N., Renton, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and is open to the public.
Candidates for all three city council positions up for election in November will attend. For position 1, incumbent Randy Corman faces challenger Neil Sheesley; for position 2, incumbent Armondo Pavone faces challenger Diane Dobson; and for position 6, incumbent Ruth Pérez faces challenger Jami Smith.
The event will follow a modified question-and-answer format: candidates will make opening statements, then will take turns responding to questions on topics of current and local interest. They will also have time for brief rebuttals to other candidates’ comments and will make short closing statements.
“This is a non-partisan event,” said Philip Sherwood, event co-organizer. “We’re not supporting any individual candidate – this forum is to give every candidate a chance to speak directly to voters, and to help voters decide for themselves which candidates they prefer.”
“We strongly encourage Renton residents from all walks of life, every neighborhood and community, to come and learn more about the people who want to represent them on the city council, then speak by voting on November 7,” he added.
Co-sponsoring the forum are two local activism groups, the South King County Neighborhood Action Council (SKC NAC), and Renton Resist. SKC NAC is part of a coalition of neighborhood activist groups in the Puget Sound area that works for progressive social change through grass-roots, democratic participation. Renton Resist is an informal citizens’ activism group formed in the wake of last November’s presidential election to push for greater accountability and progressive goals in local government.
The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. As well as electing city council members, Renton voters will also decide on numerous ballot measures and county and state races. Complete ballot information is available at http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/whats-on-the-ballot/ballot-measures/november-general.aspx.