Who Will Represent the 7th City Council District?

Last night, the 1st of March, RHIC hosted a 7th District City Council Candidates Debate.  Nearly 150 people attended at John Eager Howard Recreation Center, and eight of the candidates for the seat joined us.

Thank you to them all for participating.

Jamar Day
Leon Pinkett
Antonio Asa
Marshall Bell
Kerry Davidson
Shawn Tarrant
Westley West
Nnandi Scott

We offer our deepest appreciation to:

  • Zella’s Pizzeria and Joe Squared for donating the pizza.  Both of these businesses have been great supporters of community activity.
  • No Boundaries Coalition for running the voter registration.  Seven new voters registered and 32 people filled out voter commitment cards pledging to vote and help with turn out.
  • New Lens for helping with sound set-up
  • John Eager Howard Recreation Center, as always, for their set-up and breakdown. That is such a time saver for the organizers.

RHIC Board President Rev. Karen Brown and RHIC Board Member Jonathan Bettle moderated the forum. The event was formatted in three sections. The first part featured questions based on the candidates’ websites or other public statements. Each was asked two questions.

The second part was questions from some organizations that had representatives in the hall.  They were Whitelock Community Farm, No Boundaries Coalition, and Mount Royal CDC.

The final part was questions from the audience.  We circulated index cards on which people wrote questions. They were collected and given to the moderators.  Interestingly, three separate people wanted to ask what each candidate would do to pursue their goals and support communities if they lost.  So, we concluded the evening with that question.

A few comments from participants

“The questioning was great and really allowed the audience to assess each candidate’s experience and knowledge and qualifications for the office. Very useful event.”

“I am elated, not only because of the high turnout, but also because (in most cases) the candidates gave substantive, thoughtful responses.”

“Good community event! Food, panel, and discussion were organized and it showed. The energy was palpable throughout.”

Very Important – Vote in 2016!