DC Council At-Large Candidates Face-Off During First Candidates Forum

The first forum for the April 23rd DC Council At-Large special election took place at One Judiciary Square last night. The forum was put together by DC for Democracy.  Eight candidates that met the 3000-signature deadline with the DC Board of Elections were invited to participate in the forum. All candidates showed up, except for former Councilmember Michael Brown. It is unclear the reason why Mr. Brown did not attend forum. Candidates were given 2 minutes for introductory remarks, and after each had one minute to answer questions. All candidates had an opportunity to answer the same questions. Towards the end of the forum, the format changed a bit, and candidates asked questions to each other. The candidates that participated in the forum were: Anita Bonds, Matthew Frumin, Patrick Mara, Perry Redd, John F. Settles II, Elissa Silverman and Paul Zukerberg. Some of the issues addressed included the city’s surplus, public schools, statehood, and low-income housing. The forum, which lasted almost 2 hours, was carried live on and it is now on-line at the links below:

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About Franklin Garcia

Franklin Garcia is the US Representative for the District of Columbia and former President of the DC Latino Caucus. Cutting edge technology has been the career focus for Franklin. He holds various certifications in Information Technology, and is employed as a Senior Systems Administrator. He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree in Financial Economics for Public Policy from the American University. You can email Franklin at, or follow him on twitter @ fgarciadc.
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