With packed City Council and mayoral races underway, three local civic and business organizations are partnering with local media to host two on-line candidate forums in the coming weeks.
The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Coalition for Today and Tomorrow (SCOTT) and Scottsdale Leadership will present a mayoral forum on May 27 and a City Council forum on June 3 in collaboration with media partners Scottsdale Progress and Scottsdale Independent.
Both events will take place via webcast and streamed live on the Scottsdale Chamber Youtube Channel, the City of Scottsdale’s website and on local Channel 11 news.
“Following social distancing guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Scottsdale Chamber is proud to partner with SCOTT and Scottsdale Leadership to host these webinar candidate Forums for the community,” Chamber CEO Mark Stanton said.
The groups will present the mayoral forum noon-1:30 p.m. May 27. Scottsdale Progress Managing Editor Wayne Schutsky will moderate the City Council forum June 3 from noon-1:30 p.m.
“It is very important to hear from the candidates as we move toward the primary election scheduled for Aug. 4,” Stanton said.
The mayoral candidates are Council members Suzanne Klapp and Virginia Korte and former Council members Lisa Borowsky, Bob Littlefield and David Ortega.
All nine city council candidates have agreed to participate in the June 3 forum.
They are incumbent Guy Phillips and Michael Auerbach, Tammy Caputi, Bill Crawford, Tom Durham, Betty Janik, Becca Linnig, John Little and Kevin Maxwell.
Scottsdale Leadership Executive Director Lee Ann DeWitt said, “These offerings provide us a point-and-click access to the information we need to become familiar with candidates for office and their stance on critical issues we now face.”
The candidates will answer a range questions on public policy and critical city issues formulated by the host organizations, media partners and Scottsdale residents.
“This is a critical election for the city,” said Don Henninger, SCOTT executive director.
“Not only are we electing a mayor and filling 3 council seats, but it comes when the city is facing daunting fiscal challenges from the COVID-19 crisis...” said Don Henninger, Executive Director of SCOTT.
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