The Skanner News is hosting live Primary Election forums in partnership with KBOO Community Radio, Wednesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 21. Both events run from 8 -9 a.m. and can be heard on 90.7 FM, or streamed online at www.kboo.fm .
To hear the podcast of today's forum, go to http://kboo.fm/node/20765.
This first candidate forum featured contenders for Portland Commissioner Seat #3, currently held by Commissioner Dan Saltzman. Every candidate participated, including Saltzman, Rudy Soto, Spencer Burton, Jesse Cornett, Ed Garren, Martha Perez and Mary Volm.
Meanwhile, we are also asking all candidates for office four questions about their campaigns – and we would also like our readers to answer these same questions and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to our website, www.TheSkanner.com.
In our street edition this week, and online, we'll be reprinting some of your answers alongside the candidates' answers for a look at how your opinions stack up with your future elected officials. The questions are listed below.
The forum scheduled for Wednesday, April 21 will be for candidates in the race for Multnomah County Commissioner District #2.
Confirmed participants include Karol Kollymore, Tom Markgraf, Loretta Smith, Gary Hansen, Maria C. Rubio, and Chuck Currie.
The Skanner News will be making our candidate endorsements for the May 18 Primary Elections on Earth Day, April 22. Stay tuned to hear our picks for office.
What if YOU were elected? What would you do first? What kind of people do you think should be making big decisions in the City of Portland and Multnomah county? We want to hear from you, our readers.
Email us the answers to the following questions, or post them below in the Reader Comments section:
-- What would be your top three priorities if you were elected?
-- What special experience would you bring to this office?
-- Give a concrete example of how you would allocate scarce budget resources for the maximum benefit of your constituency.
--- What do you see as the top two issues facing the African and African American communities in the Portland metro area and what would you do to address those issues?
Please post your comment below or email it to: www.TheSkanner.com.