Posted June 30, 2016
Candidate Forums, cont'd.
On June 2, in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of the Space Coast, SCPA hosted a Brevard County School Board Candidates Forum. Superbly moderated by Fran Baer, Co-President, LWV Space Coast, the forum was conducted in an exemplary, fair and non-partisan manner. Two candidates wrote (unsolicited) thank-you messages to moderator Fran Baer, who shared them with us. With the candidates' permission, we are pleased to be able to share these comments with you.
-- SCPA Editor
What they said about the school board candidates forum
Thank you for moderating such an excellent forum last night
From Darcey Addo, June 3, 2016
Thank you for moderating such an excellent forum last night. The attendance alone speaks volumes about the level of interest we have in these issues. Your point is well made and one that my husband and I discussed at great length last night: there are so many school-related issues that folks would like to hear candidates discuss.
Personally, I would love to see other civic organizations host forums that are *free *and *open to the public* much like last night's event. In that, as Ms. Lori Scott indicated last night, under 30% of Brevard voters turns out in the primary elections, it seems it would behoove us all to work together to educate our electorate.
I am very grateful for you, for the League of Women Voters, and for the Space Coast Progressive Alliance. Thank you for the effort and time you put into this important work.
One of the best run candidate forums I have ever been to...
From Dean Paterakis, June 3, 2016
I really enjoyed the forum. It was one of the best run candidate forums I have ever been to, and I have been to a lot. The two hours went by like it was 15 minutes.
By any chance, did anyone record it?
Ed. response: No, Dean, unfortunately, we did not video record that forum. But the Brevard County Commissioners Candidates Forum on July 7 will be video recorded and widely available via YouTube, for the greater public benefit.
THANK YOU for presenting a free public service candidates forum!
• Fran Baer and Anthony Dutton, League of Women Voters of the Space Coast
• Dan Bennett, 1st Vice President, Brevard Federation of Teachers
• Supervisor of Elections, Straw Poll and voter registrations
School board candidates, without whom no candidates forum can proceed or succeed
• Darcey Addo
• Richard Charbonneau
• William 'Larry' Finch
• Karen Henderson
• Matt Susin
Free Public Service Candidate Forums
SCPA-HOSTED CANDIDATE FORUMS are an important public information service, and provide an opportunity for the general public to know the candidates. An informed citizenry is fundamentally important to our democratic process. It is also in the greater public interest for all candidates to willingly participate, without whom no forum can proceed or succeed. And it is incumbent upon us at SCPA to conduct such forums in a fair and unbiased manner, providing all candidates equal time and opportunity, a responsibility we take very seriously.
Our next FREE PUBLIC SERVICE CANDIDATES FORUM, in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of the Space Coast: Brevard County Commissioners, 6:30 Thursday, July 7, 2016, Front Street Civic Center, Melbourne. Moderator: Fran Baer, Co-President, League of Women Voters of the Space Coast. Free and open to the public.
Compiled by Team SCPA