From a press release:
West Alameda Candidates Forum, October 17, 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
It’s political debate season, even right here in Alameda. The West Alameda Candidates Forum is your chance to hear candidates for the Alameda City Council and Alameda Board of Education outline their positions on the issues. The forum will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alternatives in Action High School (formerly BASE), 1900 Third St.
“With the national election in full swing, it can be easy to overlook local candidates and issues. However, it’s at the local level where most of the decisions affecting our daily lives get made,” said Jake Powell, social sciences facilitator (teacher) at the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC). “That’s why it’s important for Alamedans to hear local candidates’ positions on the issues that affect our city and schools.”
Honors Government students from ACLC, Nea Community Learning Center, and the Encinal Jetsetters, along with the Alameda Multicultural Community Center and the Alameda Point Collaborative are working in partnership with Alternatives in Action High School, sponsor of the Westside Alameda Candidates Forum. The students will host the event, help develop the forum format and pose questions to the candidates running for the City Council and Board of Education. Voter registration will also be offered at the event.
“This is a youth-led forum, but we will question the candidates on issues affecting everyone in Alameda,” said Powell. “Our 2008 forum had a high turnout and generated lots of excitement, especially among west-side voters. It’s a great way to inform voters and get people involved in the political process. Everyone should have a voice in how they are governed.”
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