Letter to the Editor: Candidate forums silence concerns of residents

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

To the Editor:

As Chair of the 32nd Legislative District GOP I encouraged our Precinct Committee Officers and Captains as well as neighbors and friends to attend the two previous Shoreline City Council candidate forums.

I am extremely disappointed to hear that the organizers of these forums chose to disenfranchise Shoreline residents through a biased selection of questions favoring a liberal agenda and completely omitting questions from conservatives.

Now we hear that the Chamber of Commerce candidate forum this evening will not allow audience questions at all.

Exactly what is the point of holding a candidate forum if the concerns of residents are silenced?

Lori Theis
Shoreline



2 comments:

Lisa Surowiec,  October 19, 2017 at 7:09 AM  

Lori,
can you give an example of a "conservative" question? Most of the questions I heard asked were about typical City-related issues. In the forums I've been involved in, audience-generated questions were filtered through to weed out duplicates and to elevate issues that had more people asking about them rather than steer a particular agenda. For a nonpartisan office, what would a conservative question look like? Genuinely curious.

Lori Theis October 21, 2017 at 3:59 PM  

Lisa,

Sure! How about this one?: ALL the candidates talk about "affordable housing" as if it's something the taxpayers must provide, and the only question is HOW to do it. Why do you all assume that the government must interfere with the free market by providing "affordable housing"?

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