Video by Babette Hogan, Polidoc Productions.
By Luke Thomas
October 5, 2012
NoPa+ and Divisadero Merchants Association today released video of their spirited public debate between candidates vying to be the next elected District 5 Supervisor.
The debate, held at Rasselas Jazz Club on September 26, was particularly noteworthy due to a question posed by an audience member who asked the candidates how they would vote, as supervisor, on the suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi case, a vote that will be considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday (October 9).
The action begins at the 20-minute mark on the video.
Several attendees described appointed Supervisor Christina Olague as “storming off stage” during the Mirkrarimi question and discussion, bringing the contentious debate to an abrupt end.
While it is evident that Olague did leave the stage before the debate moderator called time, “storming off stage” may be a slight exaggeration. Also, according to the video, Olague returned to her seat shortly after going off camera.
Kip Fuller, founder of NoPa+, said the lively debate format is based on a “hot seat concept, which allowed each candidate to respond to the most controversial question around his or her campaign.”
“We learned a lot and the outcome was fantastic,” Fuller added.
Both NoPa+ and Divisadero Merchants Association must remain neutral and have not endorsed any candidates in the race, Fuller said.
“However,” Fuller said, “I may decide individually to endorse a candidate after October 9. We need a candidate who will address varying community interests in D5 with a balanced approach. Having the moral aptitude to do what’s right is key.”
Video of the debate (parts 1 through 5) available here.