The Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce Forum & Luncheon will host Yelm City Council Candidates to provide their views on some issues, which will be moderated by Chamber Board member and Nisqually Valley News (NVN) publisher/Editor Michael Wagar.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 11:30am.
Prairie Hotel & Conference Center
While the time allotted for this is less than an hour, which means there will be little give-and-take with the audience and little spontaneity of substance, the questions submitted to the candidates to be prepared to answer are:
* Tell us about yourself. Who you are, and why you’re running? (3 minutes per candidate)
* Why are you the best person to fill the seat? (1 minute)
* Yelm has been the fastest growing community in Thurston County. What would you do to address this? (1 minute)
* Did you support the bond for the city park? (1 minute)
[Editor’s Note: asking anyone publicly how they voted on an issue is totally inappropriate!]
* Do you think the Yelm city government is supportive of local business? What would you do to improve relations? (1 minute)
Many readers have contacted the Yelm Community Blog requesting a Public Town Hall Forum with the candidates, rather than these closed-to-the-public, “prepared, newspaper photo-ops” that are the norm here for elected officials and candidates. I hope the Nisqually Valley News steps up to the plate to host one or two, or some other local organization. The electorate needs to interact with these candidates, which has been missing in Yelm for over a decade!
*** In September 2005, then-mayoral candidate and Mayor Pro-tem of the Yelm City Council Ron Harding told then-Nisqually Valley News Editor Keven Graves he would not participate in the NVN sponsored Town Hall Forum for mayoral candidates, and once he was elected Mayor, Harding sadly chose to hold no Public Town Hall meetings in Yelm. To this day, Harding still has not held an open-to-the-public Yelm Town Hall Forum, while County Commissioner has conducted her monthly “coffee chats” in Yelm since her election almost 7 years ago! hmmm.