Davis Vanguard, DMA to host election forum

As the non-profit community media center serving Davis and Yolo County, Davis Media Access (DMA) has produced local election coverage since the mid 1980s, and considers voter education and community coverage core to our mission of creating community through media. This election season, The Davis Vanguard & Davis Media Access (DMA) will co-host a school board candidate forum, to be held in the Harper Junior High Multipurpose room on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. 

Both DMA and the Vanguard are non-profits and neither endorses candidates, but see the upcoming election as important to the community and hope to provide more information to community members as the election draws near. "Getting information out about campaigns and ballot issues shouldn't be fraught with barriers. Air time is expensive and barring sensation, local politics are largely ignored by commercial broadcast media. DMA takes seriously our role in providing access to candidates, information for voters, and in documenting our community's history around local campaigns," said Autumn Labbe-Renault, executive director for DMA.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the forum begins at 7 p.m..  The forum will have a unique set-up in that candidates will be seated facing each other in a discussion format. Each of the five candidates will ask one question, to be answered by themselves and the other candidates, to be followed by Q & A.

“Not only do we have five candidates with a broad range of ideas on how to improve our education system in the wake of consistent and persistent budget crises, but we also have a parcel tax measure on the ballot which means the voters will decide how much in the way of resources the members get to work with,” said David Greenwald, executive director of The Davis Vanguard.

The forum and other election programming will air on DCTV Channel 15 on Comcast; on AT&T’s U-verse service at Menu 99; on KDRT 95.7 FM (candidate statements only), and hosts the videos on demand at http://dctv.davismedia.org.  For more information, please email info@davismedia.org or call us at (530 757-2419.

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