Progressive Candidate Forum a Success

From LongmontDems.org

City Council/Mayoral Candidate Forum a Huge Success!

The year’s first City Council/Mayoral Forum took place at the Longmont Progressive Center this evening and featured questions covering a wide variety of topics posed to eight of Longmont’s candidates. 73 citizens (not including candidates) packed 723 Main for the standing room-only event moderated by John D’Amico.

Questions focused on such topics as affordable housing, small business climate, downtown and mall development, Latino-based issues, train noise and others. Due to the impressively sizable number of questions submitted online and in person at the event, not all questions were able to be addressed.

Candidates in attendance included:

Sean McCoy (Ward 3)
Ron Gallegos (At Large)
Sarah Levison (At Large)
Dennis Coombs (Mayoral)
Paul Tiger (Ward 1)
Suzzanne Painter (Ward 1)
Brian Hanson (Ward 1)
John Daniels (Ward 1)

Bonnie Finley (Ward 3) and Brian Bagley (Ward 1) were unable to attend due to prior commitments and current Mayor Bryan Baum and Council candidate Heath Carroll (At Large) declined their respective invitations to participate in the forum.


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  4 comments for “Progressive Candidate Forum a Success

  1. September 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you to all who attended, both candidates and audience. You made a positive influence on the election.

  2. FRED BATES
    September 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I wanted to go. But there was another “political” item on my agenda (I don’t live in Longmont). This forum lasted what, maybe an hour and a half? Did anyone collect the addresses of those who did attend (to map by Ward, etc.)? Personally, I think the “at large” seats are by far the most important, and that would include the mayor’s chair. Too bad Roger Lange can’t be induced to run again.

  3. September 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Fred, Bryan Baum has no interest in community opinion, especially if those community members can be considered progressives and/or Democrats. It’s no different than the U.S. House of Representatives that is pursuing its radical agenda in spite of opposing public opinion. It’s about business controlling government. It’s about POWER, Fred. And Baum LOVES POWER.

  4. October 8, 2011 at 4:01 am

    I had an excellent time. As the self advertised ‘change agent’ I kept trying to show off my braces. Doug seemed pretty interested in my mouth, besides what came out of it. I seem to be losing hair too.
    All in all it was a good evening and a great kick-off for the season. Good questions, and interesting answers. I learned a few things about the other candidates and the folks in the room. Thanks for the video.

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