The 90-minute forum, sponsored by the League’s Redwood Empire Division and moderated by KC Meadows, editor of the Ukiah Daily Journal
, focused the candidates’ perspectives on a range of issues related to local government and the state-local relationship.
The candidates for the Legislature included:
Assembly District 2: Pamela Elizondo, Laytonville
Assembly District 2: Matt Heath, business person, Santa Rosa
Assembly District 2: Jim Wood, council member, Healdsburg
Senate District 2: Derek Knell, member, Novato School Board
Senate District 2: Harry Lehmann, attorney, Novato
Senate District 2: Mike McGuire, supervisor, Sonoma County
The forum attracted both local officials from the region and community members who wanted to learn more about the views of these prospective legislators. Several elected officials who had previously endorsed candidates remarked after the event that they wished they had waited to publically get behind a candidate because what they heard at the forum gave them a greater understanding of the all of the candidates.
The League’s North Bay Division will be hosting two candidate forums in the upcoming weeks.
*Neither the League of California Cities, its Divisions nor its diversity caucuses endorse candidates.