11th Candidates Collaborative Debate
to be held in the Castro
Mayoral candidates (from left to right)
Hall, Billy Bob Whitmer, Quintin Mecke,
Lonnie Holmes, Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, h. brown, Harold Hoogasian,
George Davis, Wilma Pang and Grasshopper Kaplan.
Photo by Luke
From the Mayoral Candidates Collaborative
October 23, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO - On October 31 thousands of revelers will flock
to the Castro for the historical Halloween celebration, but as
most city residents are already aware, this year's Halloween in
the Castro has officially been cancelled. It's uncertain whether
those coming to visit ever received the memo and how many will
choose to ignore it, but this Friday, October 26, at 5:00 p.m.,
the 2007 mayoral candidates will be gathering at Harvey Milk Plaza
(Castro MUNI Station) to participate in their 11th debate as the
2007 Mayoral Candidates Collaborative.
For the past 10 weeks, the San Francisco mayoral candidates have
met in front of City Hall to debate the issues. This week they
have decided to bring the forum to the Castro in an effort to
bring attention to the questionable planning for this year's annual
Halloween in the Castro celebration.
Ted Strawser, who founded SFPartyParty.com,
will be moderating the debate and the forum will focus on Halloween
in the Castro and how the city should work to facilitate community
events as a whole. The weekly candidates collaborative will return
to its usual location in front of City Hall for a final forum
and straw poll on November 2.
Over the course of the debate series, nearly every candidate
has participated with the majority taking part in every single
forum. At least 9 candidates are expected to attend this Friday.
The final event on November 2 will conclude the election season
with an opportunity for those in attendance to vote for their
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.
This years' Candidates Collaborative is dedicated toward working
together to ensure that everyone's voice is heard. The debates
have been attended by an eclectic mix of San Franciscans and have
featured moderators from different media outlets as well as various
Contact: Josh Wolf (415)794-2401