2014 Candidates Forum June 17

VOTEKMAS Newsradio is pleased to announce the 2014 KMAS candidates’ primary forum will be broadcast live, June 17, 2014, from the Mason County Public Works Facility. The broadcast will begin at 6pm, and and is brought to you by Kapowsin Air!  KMAS is asking citizens to send in questions for the candidates.

Candidates featured:  (See 2014 Voters Guide with picture, statement and audio)
MASON COUNTY PUBLIC UTILTY DISTRICT, Commissioner District 2 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term
o    Tom Farmer
o    John Komen         
MASON COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3, Partisan Office, 4-year term
o    Terri Jeffreys (Prefers Independent Party)

•    State Senator, Partisan Office, 4-year term
o    Tim Sheldon (Prefers Democratic Party)                   
o    Irene Bowling (Prefers Democratic Party)
o    Travis Couture (Prefers Republican Party)

•    State Representative Pos. 1, Partisan Office, 2-year term
o    Kathy Haigh (Kathy will have a spokesman give a statement (Prefers Democratic Party)
o    Dan Griffey (tentative) (Prefers Republican Party)
o    Josiah Rowell (Prefers Republican Party)                

•    State Representative Pos. 2, Partisan Office, 2-year term
o    Drew MacEwen  (Prefers Republican Party)
o    Tammey Newton (Prefers Democratic Party)

Congressional Districts 6 & 10 along with Justice Positions will be given 90 seconds to make a general statement, if present.  
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6 U.S. Representative Partisan Office, 2-year term
•    Derek Kilmer (Prefers Democratic Party)
•    Doug Milholland (Prefers Green Party)  
•    Marty McClendon (Prefers Republican Party)
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6 U.S. Representative Partisan Office, 2-year term
•    Jennifer Gigi Ferguson (Prefers Independent Party)
SUPREME COURT STATEWIDE, Justice Position 7 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term
•    John (Zamboni) Scannell      

Each candidate will be asked 4-6 questions, (depending on time). The candidates will not be able to preview the questions. 

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Questions can also be submitted at the forum.

100 W. Public Works Drive, Shelton, WA 98584
WHEN:           6:00PM-8:00PM; JUNE 17, 2014

June 12, 2014/KMAS News


#6 Paul Lovgren 2014-06-17 10:14
For Legislative candidates:

Q: Do you support, or not support, the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to clarify that persons are living, breathing humans, and not corporations, and why?
#5 Tom Davis 2014-06-13 19:02
While it makes sense to pose the same question to a panel of opponent candidates, it makes less sense to pose it to the incumbent, as his/her performance is a matter of record. In lieu of a one-on-one debate, the forum should include questions that recognize the current status of the candidates at least as much as the political position being sought.
#4 KMAS 2014-06-13 15:41
Thanks for your inquiries. The way our forum is structured gives each candidate an opportunity to respond to the public’s concerns and questions. We do not want to draw targeted attention to any specific candidate as we are trying to give each candidate an equal opportunity to address the public.

That said, we do encourage pointed questions, that can be formulated to ask the incumbent and the challengers.
#3 Dwaino 2014-06-13 12:14
I think Jerry misunderstood Mr Davis's comment, but his point is a valid one and does warrant a direct answer. I see no where that Mr Davis addresses a specific candidate in his question, incumbent or not.

Can questions be submitted specific to one candidate (incumbent or not) regarding a specific topic? Questions may be regarding actions, intentions, thoughts or decisions that are of interest to the voting public of our area/county/dis trict etc.
#2 je 2014-06-13 09:31
Thank you Mr. Davis for your continued interest in improving your community. Regarding your question; KMAS's concern is, the incumbent is the only one with a public record or history, so the challengers have no history to answer to for their actions and decisions. KMAS wants to ensure "equal treatment of the candidates". We would expect the opposition to talk to the failures of the incumbents, and their plans to improve/correct the past failures.
Jerry Eckenrode
#1 Tom Davis 2014-06-12 19:37
The post implies that citizen questions can be formulated to address a specific candidate as opposed to a specific position. If that is, in fact, the case, it would be a vast improvement over previous candidate forums. Please clarify, as I have a few pithy questions just begging to be answered.