ITA Candidates' Forum, 2002!
was set for our Candidates' Forum, and replaced our regular
monthly meeting. As usual, it was open to the public, who are encouraged to attend and
question the candidates.
Each guest at our candidate's forum receives instructions and a
scorecard of candidates. If they are members of ITA, the scorecard also serves as a ballot
for voting on ITA endorsements. Member or not, we invite comments and all are welcome to
drop their sheets into the ballot box as they leave.
This year we heard from the City Council candidates
first, followed by the Borough Assembly. Because we did not have the School
Board Candidates, the forum only lasted 3 1/2 hours.
Each candidate was given one minute for an opening statement, after
which they answered questions. They did not receive "canned" questions, but
took questions from the audience, which is encouraged to participate.
One way in which our forum differs from others is that questions may be
directed at one or more candidates, or the questioner may request that all the candidates
for that seat (or all seats represented at the front) answer the question. There is no
strict time limit set for questions for any particular seat, but when the audience seems
satisfied, the candidates will be given 1 1/2 minutes for a closing comment, in the
opposite order in which they gave their opening statements.
This year we discussed the city ballot proposition after
the City Council Candidates were finished, then took a short dinner break
(our members and friends bring finger foods and we have coffee and punch as
well). After the Borough Assembly Candidates, we talked a little about the
borough ballot propositions. It generally takes about 5 minutes between
groups to switch labels and candidates at the front of the hall. During that time guests
are encouraged to help themselves to refreshments, coffee, and punch.
We ask those who must leave early to please slip out quietly so as not
to disturb those candidates who are talking, and if they are ITA members, to please vote
as much of their ballot as they can and drop it in the ballot box as they leave.
Candidates and their
supporters should be warned: You may not hand out campaign
literature of any kind during our forums. These are forums for meeting and learning
about ALL the candidates in a neutral and non-partisan way, not to push those who thought
to bring brochures, etc. We ask candidates to leave their campaign literature in
their cars to save them and
us the embarrassment of having to ask them to remove it.
election for these seats and proposition was
October 8, 2002. To find
out other places you could have met candidates, click on our
Candidate's Schedule. We had a printer friendly
clipout for you.
- John Shackley & Jeff Johnson
- No endorsements for Seats D & E, Garry Hutchison for Seat J, and Bonnie
Williams for Seat K.
We did not hear from the School District this year, so our
members did not vote on endorsements. However, our Board of Directors is
recommending Joseph Easaw for the School
Board. He is the only one they feel comfortable endorsing.
City Charter Change, F-1 YES
Proposition 1, Bond, New Denali School? NO
Proposition 2, Bond, New Nordale School? NO
Proposition 3, Bond, District-wide Upgrades? NO
Proposition 4, Borough Revenue Cap? YES
Proposition 5, Snow Machine Powers?
Candidates' Schedule for more places to meet the candidates.
Don't forget, it all
unless you remember to vote October 8!
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