Election forums this week and next

PHOTO: The Oct. 20 CHEER forum at the Park Ritchie apartments. Photo by Bill Brown.

Takoma Park residents have several opportunities to hear city council and mayoral candidates this week and into next. There are three election forums back-to-back Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. There is one more next Tuesday.

The two mayoral candidates, Kate Stewart and Warren Holmes have voiced differing views on some subjects, especially rent control. Audiences have found their exchanges thought provoking. Other city issues such as the changing city and development have been and will continue to be discussed. There is also a ballot question about moving the city’s election day to coincide with the state’s.


Councilmembers Tim Male and Fred Schultz debate the ballot question at the Voice forum, Oct. 21. Photo by Glen Charlton.

The Voice candidate forum Wednesday, Oct. 21 featured candidates in both contested elections, a debate on the ballot question, and a round-table discussion with the five unchallenged candidates.

Oct. 21, the first of three CHEER candidate forums was held in Ward 4, featuring the mayoral candidates and incumbent Ward 4 councilmember Terry Seamens, who is uncontested. The second was held Oct. 22 at the Essex House Apartments in Ward 5.

The CHEER Community Association is holding its forums in partnership with local neighborhood and tenant associations in an effort to bring city elections and issues to the attention of tenants, a group that usually doesn’t participate much in elections.

Park Ritchie Apartments Tenants Association co-sponsored the Oct. 20 forum. Essex House Apartments Tenants Association is co-sponsor of the October 22 Ward 5 forum. And the Hampshire Gardens Citizens Association is co-sponsoring the October 27 Ward 6 forum.

The two mayoral candidates, Kate Stewart and Warren Holmes were invited to attend all forums.  Councilmember  Fred Schultz, Ward 6, will appear at the forums Oct. 27 forum. He does not face a challenger this election.

The Takoma Park Silver Spring Voice Candidates Forum was the only one to feature the three Ward 1 candidates. It can be viewed on the city website. See below.

Takoma Voice Candidate Forum

October 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue. All races, candidates and the ballot referendum. This is the only event featuring all three Ward 1 candidates and a debate on the ballot referendum. It can be viewed on the city website.

• Ward 6 and Mayoral Candidate Forum

October 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Takoma Park Recreacation Center, 7513 New Hampshire Ave., co-sponsored by the Hampshire Gardens Citizens Association and and Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research (CHEER). Submit your forum questions here.