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Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 8:45 pm | Updated: 5:46 pm, Wed Jan 15, 2014.

Personalities more than policy differences drew distinctions between five candidates for City Council District 2 in southeast Santa Fe during a forum hosted by the Democratic Party of Santa Fe County on Tuesday night attended by about 55 people.

The competitors agreed that public financing of municipal elections stifles influence from special interests, the city could do more to reach out to high school dropouts and homeless youth and environmental conservation efforts should be increased.

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6 comments:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 11:52 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    No comment.

     
  • Donado Coviello posted at 11:37 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    Cove Posts: 337

    I have to say that was the most non-comment comment I have read in a long time.

     
  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 10:07 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 190

    Having attended the District 2 Forum, felt it was actually quite informative and did give each of the candidates equal time in answering the same, audience provided questions after their initial opening statements. In essence giving those of us in the audience more than a taste of who they were and what their positions on various subjects were. And must add, most did so, within the time frame allowed. And the Moderator did a marvelous job of facilitating the entire event. At the same time have to say, in my opinion, there was no clear winner, all candidates bringing both their perspective, experience and qualifications to the table. And I am not even a resident of District 2 but decided to attend in support of one of the candidates who I know and who shall remain unnamed. Now on to Round Two !!

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:33 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    This might be a good place for Jeff E. Green to provide more detail on his plan for "a progressive municipal tax on corporations and real estate." Jeff, how 'bout some details?

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 12:37 am on Wed, Jan 15, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 112

    Thank you for updating the story with the statement about my position in favor of progressive taxation to address the loss of "hold harmless" revenue from the state.

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 10:40 pm on Tue, Jan 14, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 112

    I must say, I'm surprised and disappointed The New Mexican didn't focus at all on my substantive policy ideas in the story on this District 2 candidates forum! My closing comments touched on ethics, which is certainly a relevant issue in this election. The question was, "What question do you wish had been asked that did not come up?" If we can't talk about ethics openly in a forum before the public, how will the voters be able to judge this critical dimension of the candidates? It's not grandstanding -- I'm totally serious in my view that holding a fair, honest and transparent election process is really of paramount importance. As I stated in the forum, "The truth is I would rather lose a fair election than win an unfair election." Apparently from his reaction, one of the other candidates does not agree. And that speaks volumes.

     

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