Voters can question council, mayoral hopefuls next month
All candidates in the upcoming October elections for Valdez City Council, Board of Education and mayor have accepted invitations to a Meet the Candidates forum to meet the voting public Friday, September 28, just days before the October 2, elections.
The event will be hosted by the Valdez Star and Tony Gorman, news director at KCHU public radio.
There are nine candidates vying for three open seats on city council, with no incumbents on the ballot.
The sheer number of council candidates has already sparked speculation of possible ties and hopefully, high voter turnout.
Gorman, who co-hosted and helped moderate last week’s successful forum for Alaska House candidates for District 6 and Senate District C, has high hopes for public participation in the local forum for Valdez candidates and voters.
“It looks like a diverse group of candidates this year as opposed to last year,” Gorman said. “I think the race is wide open, in my opinion.”
There are also two candidates for mayor, incumbent Dave Cobb and challenger Rich Long. Both will appear and answer questions from the public during the forum.
The race for school board will be less competitive, with two open seats and two candidates. Incumbent Kathy Todd and former board member Dolores Gard are the only declared candidates for the race, and have been invited to the forum for individual introductions to the voting public.
So how will the hosts and moderators manage a nine-candidate questioning period?