Three Dunsmuir candidates decline to attend Sunday forum, propose alternate date
Three candidates for Dunsmuir offices have declined to participate in a Sunday Zoom forum organized by the Chamber of Commerce and instead propose a similar forum on Nov. 1 or another date agreed upon by all six candidates.
Council candidate Sandra Vaughan sent the press release on behalf of herself, council candidate Ahmet Tasci and city treasurer candidate Dena Marlatt.
The other council candidates are incumbents Bruce Deutsch and Dave Keisler, and incumbent treasurer Mario Rubino.
The release said the original Oct. 18 forum's details "were issued at the last minute, with no previous discussion or agreement among the candidates. This is just not fair or appropriate under these circumstances."
"The fact that we were informed of this forum’s format with only six days notice and that it was to be moderated by an individual who is an announced backer of our three opponents was not acceptable," according to the release. She added that there "has been no previous discussion with all candidates as to the format, moderator, and subject matter. This lack of transparency is not fair or appropriate under these circumstances."
Vaughan, Tasci and Marlatt he will organize a different forum, via Zoom, and invite Deutsch, Keisler and Rubino to attend, Vaughan said.
"This will give all candidates a chance to discuss and agree upon the format, subject matter and moderator of the candidate forum," according to the release.
The Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidate forum this Sunday, October 18 at 1 p.m.
Due to COVID-19, the forum will be conducted via Zoom. Candidates for city council and treasurer will participate, and Measure H (the sales tax increase) will be covered.
Candidates for two seats on the city council include Bruce Deutsch, Dave Keisler, Ahmet Tasci and Sandra Vaughan. Dena Marlatt and Mario Rubino are the two candidates for treasurer.
Questions can be submitted in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Dunsmuir Chamber office. People will also be able to submit questions during the Zoom meeting.
The Zoom address will be posted at the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce website, dunsmuir.com.