Weekly Mayoral Debates Continue Friday
Mayoral candidates (from left to right) Tony Hall, Billy Bob Whitmer,
Lonnie Holmes, Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, h. brown, Harold Hoogasian,
Josh Wolf, George Davis, Wilma Pang and Grasshopper Kaplan.
Photo by Luke
From the campaign to elect Josh Wolf
August 23, 2007
Following the success of last week's Candidates Collaborative
debate, this Friday, Aug. 24, the San Francisco mayoral candidates
will again gather at 5 p.m. on the lawn in front of City Hall.
Eleven of the 14 candidates participated in last week's debate
and a similar level of participation is expected on Friday. The
debates, organized by the 2007 Mayoral Candidates Collaborative,
will continue every Friday until the election.
For those unable to attend, the debate will be streamed live
at www.joshwolf.net. Following this trial-run, all future debates
of the Collaborative will be streamed at the SF Democracy Web
site which is currently in development and will provide a means
for those watching at home to interact with the candidates.
The debate will start at 5 p.m. and run until 6:30 p.m. Each
candidate will be given four minutes to introduce himself or herself,
outline the issue he or she feels is most important for the mayor
to address, what remedies should be applied and where the money
to realize this solutions should come from. The debate will conclude
with the moderator taking questions from the audience for specific
candidates or the panel. Freelance journalist Rick Knee will moderate
About the Collaborative
The origins of the Candidates Collaborative can be traced back
to the 2004 District Five Board of Supervisors' race when "Diamond
Dave" Whitaker envisioned a forum through which candidates
could unite around the issues they share, build alliances and
provide a forum for all the candidates. With the help of Julian
Davis' leadership, the first Candidates Collaborative proved an
amazing success and nearly all of the 22 candidates participated,
including Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.
Host a debate
A representative from a different media outlet will present each
debate in the series. Outlets interested in hosting a future debate
are encouraged to contact Josh Wolf to schedule a forum session.