On Wednesday night, about 100 people came out for the District 1 Supervisor Candidates Debate held at Presidio Middle School. The event was hosted by the Richmond District Blog in association with the Presidio School’s PSTA.
The format of the event was different from previous candidate forums. Candidates were grouped into smaller debate panels of 3, allowing them to go more in depth on the issues. The debate was moderated by Geoff Gordon-Creed, an attorney, parent and 20+ year resident of the Richmond District, who also serves as Board Chair of the Richmond District YMCA.
After each candidate was allowed a minute for their introduction, the debate kicked off with the first of its five panels which covered transportation, homelessness, supporting and developing local business, qualifications to serve as Supervisor, and housing. The topics were chosen based on feedback received from Richmond District blog readers.
You can watch the debate event from start to finish though I confess that the live stream archive audio is really troubled and out of sync. :/ Sorry we couldn’t preserve the event more professionally!
Some of the zingers from the night included “We can’t build a wall and make Oakland pay for it” (Andy Thornley), and candidate Brian Larkin telling the crowd that “Twitter is done” as he mused how a company can exist whose sole value proposition is to let people communicate in 120 (sic) characters.
Thank you to all the District 1 Supervisor candidates for participating in Wednesday night’s debate, and special thanks to our moderator, timekeeper (Neill!) and the Presidio Middle School and their PTSA for hosting and promoting the event.
We hope this debate will help you decide on the three (ranked choice) candidates you’ll vote for on election day, November 8. See you at the polls!