SOCAN’s 2018 Senate District 3 Candidate Forum for Primary Contestants on ‘Environmental Challenges’
Watch the recorded SOCAN Senate District 3 Candidate Forum. Candidates are seated alphabetically left to right, not by party affiliation. The separation is to avoid the need for any candidate to be looking directly into the projector.
Submitted candidate written responses to the questions are available as follows:
Curt Ankerberg – declined to submit responses
Julian Bell – not yet received
Athena Goldberg – not yet received
Jeff Golden – not yet received
Jessica Gomez – not yet received
Brenden Kelly Answers to Audience Questions
Kevin Stine – not yet received
Whether we like to ski, hike, bike, boat, fish, hunt, camp, photograph, drink the water, breath the air, or just hang out, for many Southern Oregonians our precious environment is the region’s greatest treasure. But nature and humanity present challenges to the environment we value. Many of us are concerned about one or more of the following issues: earthquakes, forests and fires, pipelines, global warming, toxic chemicals, water availability, recycling, public lands, marijuana grows. Many of us are also concerned about how these issues intersect with social justice. But we should not be helpless!
Our elected representatives can either help or hinder the resolution of challenges to our environment. For this reason, on April 11th 2018, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, will present a candidate forum on Environmental Challenges. SOCAN is supported in this venture by cosponsors: Southern Oregon Subaru, Ted Gibbs, Geos Institute; Hair on Fire, Oregon; Our Revolution, Southern Oregon; American Association of University Women, Ashland; KS Wild; Sustainability at SOU; Rogue Community College Green Team; Mi Viz Cuenta; Rogue Valley Audubon Society; Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance Community, and Citizens Climate Lobby/Citizens Education Lobby.
All declared candidates for their respective parties have been invited to attend while 6 of the 7 have accepted: Democrats Julian Bell, Athena Goldberg, Jeff Golden, and Kevin Stine, Republican Curt Ankerberg, and write-in Independent Party candidate Brenden Kelley.
This non-partisan forum will be Wednesday April 11th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Medford Public Library, 205 S. Central Avenue, Medford. It will be free and open to all Southern Oregon residents wishing to learn more about where the candidates stand on environmental issues. Questions will be developed by the organizing team with input from co-sponsors – followed by questions from members of the audience. If you’d like to know how the candidates view our precious Southwestern Oregon Rogue River Valley, and how they would seek to protect it if elected to represent us in Salem, please join us for an illuminating forum.
Moderator: Liz Olson. Declared Candidates Accepting our invitation: Write-in Candidate for the Independent Party nomination: Brenden Kelly Democratic Party candidates: Julian Bell, Athena Goldberg, Jeff Golden, Kevin Stine Republican Party Candidate: Curt Ankerberg.
Guest Column by Alan Journet, Medford Mail Tribune, April 8