By Jim Stanford on October 19, 2012
As promised, here is the video from Wednesday’s League of Women Voters forum for Jackson Town Council candidates. Many thanks again to Danny Holland and Sam Petri for volunteering to record and stream the event.
Owing to my lack of skill at video editing and desire to get this up quickly, I have posted the entire forum, introductions and all. Some of you might care to understand the format, which allotted candidates only 45 seconds to respond to questions after the first person answered. Plus, there are well deserved mentions of the organizers, a shout-out to Sandy Shuptrine (sidelined by surgery) and a few funny moments, if you know the characters.
For those looking to get to the issues quickly, skip to these segments:
10:12 — entertaining intro by Jake Nichols of JH Weekly
10:40 — first question, about proposed Walgreen’s on Broadway, whether candidates would support and/or approve it
16:40 — workforce housing/density
22:00 — wildlife crossings
27:33 — proposed purchase of Forest Service property on North Cache
33:15 — Jim Genzer’s lawsuit against the town over comprehensive plan
39:42 — transportation planning
45:00 — affordable housing (subject of today’s Daily story)
50:30 — role of government/ban on idling or plastic bags
55:45 — town budget
1:02:00 — which candidate would you vote for besides yourself
1:07:30 — closing statements
There are some stark differences among the candidates. Judge for yourselves.
It seems silly, watching this now, to have felt nervous before the crowd. We are in a middle school commons, talking about small-town issues. This is not Obama and Romney pounding each other on the economy and national security.
And yet there is intense pressure having to stand up and talk about yourself, especially, and then spell out your vision for the future of Jackson in 45 seconds. (I had the added worry of whether the live stream was working or failing.)
As candidates, we were put through the ringer this week, with back-to-back forums (Rotary/Chamber was Tuesday), newspaper interviews and our own campaign events. It’s hard to do your homework on the issues to give good answers, and have time to do much else.
So be kind. I’ll be writing more about some of these issues next week.