Davis Media Access (DMA) is gearing up to produce 27 candidate and campaign statements for local elections, and will air a variety of election-related programs now through Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. DMA is the only nonprofit community media and technology center serving Yolo County, and providing free local election coverage to candidates from school board through Congress has been part of our mission for more than 30 years. Diane Dedoshka, DMA’s Studio Manager and election producer, noted how different this year is from all other years. “During COVID, we don’t have access to our TV studio, teleprompter, etc. We’ve had to figure out how to do what we do, remotely.” DMA will produce 25 “Meet the Candidate” statements, as well as pro/con statements for local ballot Measure B. Normally, candidates face the camera directly and read their prepared statement from a teleprompter, or speak extemporaneously. Owing to the remote production platform DMA is using at this time, Dedoshka said she’ll direct while DMA’s Executive Director, Autumn Labbe-Renault, conducts 5-minute interviews with each candidate. Recording takes place in late September and early October, with programs airing on DCTV Channel 15 on Comcast Davis; at menu 99 on AT&T’s U-verse, and online at https://davismedia.org/election starting in early October. A block of election statements will run each morning and evening through Nov. 2. Additional programming will include Zoom forums organized and recorded by groups such as the League of Women Voters Davis Area, and the Yolo Committee fro Diverse and Inclusive Elections. DMA is also planning a live, election night program for the Nov. 3 election. The show will air from 8-11 pm and highlight many local candidates.