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TACOMA: Why only half a candidate forum?

Letter by Robert G. Cleaveland, Tacoma on Oct. 13, 2010 at 10:59 am with 2 Comments »
October 13, 2010 10:59 am

As a 1984 charter member of Tacoma City Club, I joined a community involved in thorough, thoughtful white paper studies and informative dialogues as well as inclusive candidate forums. No longer. No more.

City Club held its Oct. 6 dinner “debate” with only two judicial candidates. Citing “time constraints,” City Club leaders have decided to “pick and choose” only half of the 27th and 28th District candidates for their upcoming Oct. 20 lunch presentation.

Longtime incumbents Jeannie Darnielle and Tami Green received no invitation to defend their records, while first-time challengers Jon Higley and Paul Wagemann were also not invited and will have no forum to advocate their cases for change. How sad.

“Pick and choose?” Feels like political censorship to me. Voters deserve better. Might The News Tribune editorial board or TVW conduct interviews for area state legislative candidates on line as they have for senatorial candidates and initiatives?

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  1. insidevoice says:

    By saying “defend” their record, I sense the writer wants to see a forum that resembles the muck that is raked across our TV screens every 5 minutes.

    After looking at the primary results it looks clear to me why they those races.

    August Primary results:

    Canidate / # votes / percentage
    Laura Jinkins 6,818 32.9%
    Jake Fey 6,046 29.17%

    Steve O’Ban 11,932 49.74%
    Troy Kelley 12,056 50.26%

    Jon M. Higley 7,643 36.43%
    Jeannie Darneille 11,415 54.41%

    Paul Wagemann 6,613 27.25%
    Tami Green 11,581 47.72%

    Thank you City Club for picking content over controversy.

  2. rkgray98406 says:

    As the current president of City Club of Tacoma, I had the chance to hear from Mr. Cleaveland at our last board meeting. He was invited to share his objections with us even though he has not been a club member for some time. As we explained to him then, one of our values is to have ample time for meaningful dialogue with our speakers, including questions and answers from our audience.

    Mr. Cleaveland cries “censorship,” but that is defined as the suppression or deletion of anything considered objectionable. That is not what we’re doing. Each of the candidates running in these two races will be in the forum. The 40 minute time limit we live with have nothing to do with the candidates or their messages and everything to do with the fact that our lunch programs end at 1:15.

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