If you follow the golden rule, politics aren’t to be discussed in polite society. But has been breaking that convention with mounting success since the late ’80s.
To prepare for the upcoming November election, Friends and the Poway Woman’s Club are co-sponsoring a Poway City Council Candidates Forum―and longtime resident Sue Sheldon says they’re expecting around 100 people to attend.
“We used to meet in the old storefront library,” said Sheldon, Friends founder and teacher librarian for the Poway Unified School District. “We were crammed in there. It was crowded, but it was a really good forum.”
She says she’s hoping for fair weather this year when they meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, in the Gazebo on Midland Road.
Candidates Steve Vaus, Gary Vineyard, Jeff Mangum and incumbent Deputy Mayor Jim Cunningham all will be present to discuss issues raised that are specific to Poway. A seat vacancy will be left by the departure of Councilwoman Merrilee Boyack, who has chosen not to run for re-election.
Sheldon says they want to provide a nonpartisan forum “where we think people will be comfortable” bringing up topics of concern. The event will boast a to-be-determined moderator as well as screeners who will collect and group audience questions.
“I just hope people will show up and ask good questions,” Sheldon said. “If residents have issues, they need to come down and we’ll try to run it to the candidates. It’ll be interesting to see what’s important to Poway residents by the questions they ask.”
The forum is planned for two hours. For more information, contact Friends at 858-513-2862.