District 5 City Council Candidate Forum

REPLAY VIDEO of the District 5 candidate forum, hosted by the Citizens for Responsive Leadership in District 5 and featuring the five challengers who filed to run for City Council to represent District 5.

The participants were: Richard Cardenas, Shirley Gonzales, John Carlos Garcia, Ricardo Briones and Frank Ramirez.  For more information on the candidates, including links to relevant news stories, see http://www.crldistrict5.com/. The incumbent, David Medina, declined to attend and was represented on stage by an empty chair.

More than 100 people attended the forum, which was was held at Guadalupe Theater on March 16, 2013.

Thanks to the generos support from the CRLD5 NOWCastSA recorded video of the event and uploaded it for you to replay here.

The forum included introductory remarks from each candidate, five questions prepared by the CRLD5 Committee and 10 questions from audience members. The moderater was Janie Hernandez, a resident of District 5 and active member of the Nogalitos/Zarzamora Coalition.

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The Citizens for Responsive Leadership in District 5 is an ad hoc committee formulated for the purpose of vetting candidates for District 5.  Members have been very active in District 5 for many years through their neighborhood association, business, nonprofit, or city committees.

The CRLD5 has been preparing for this event for several months.  Candidates were sent a questionnaire immediately after filing for office.  Their answers to those questions will be made public at the forum in the form of a paper handout for all attending, and will be posted here after the event.