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City Council Candidate Forum locations selected

Friday, June 15, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

It’s election season again, and on Nov. 6, the position of mayor and the council member positions for districts 1, 3, 5, 8 and 9 will be on the ballot. In an effort to more widely and comprehensively educate voters, the city of Austin, in partnership with the Ethics Review Commission and the Austin League of Women Voters, will conduct a series of single-member district City Council Candidate Forums. At each forum, candidates will share their views on the hot topics of the day as well as answer questions from the audience. Questions for forums will be open to the public ahead of time. At the June 13 meeting of the Ethics Commission, Lara Foss from the city’s Public Information Office asked commissioners, since they are part of the effort, to submit questions for the forums. “We stress the questions we ask are to highlight the differences in candidates and their opinions,” she said. ATXN will stream the videos live as well as make them available in the archive.

For those who wish to attend the forums in person, districts 5 and 8 will be combined into one central location at the South Austin Senior Activity Center, and the mayor and District 9 forums are both proposed for City Hall. District 1 will have their forum at the Asian American Resource Center and District 3 will host theirs at the Pan Am Recreation Center. Foss explained that venue choice is limited because the forums are generally well attended, and the city looks for good parking and free event space. Location information for all the forums will be sent out in the PowerPlus inserts of city electric bills, although, Foss quipped, “I wonder how many people look at it.”

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