The first candidate forum for the May 10 municipal election has been set by the Denia neighborhood for the last Monday in March. The start time is yet to be announced, as one of the event’s organizers, Pati Haworth, says the number of candidates will determine that.
Official candidate filing for a place on the ballot opens January 29, but this much we know — Jean Schaake and Chris Watts are running for mayor and District 2 Council member Dalton Gregory has resigned his seat (effective as of the canvassing of the election) in order to run at-large for Place 5.
The Denia group plans to change the forum’s format, Haworth said, to avoid answers that come in two-minute bites.
A number of community groups host candidate forums, but most are held in April, so I don’t expect any more dates to be announced any time soon.