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Stockton leaders host one of area's largest candidate forums

Civic Participation

October 25, 2010

People and Congregations Together (PACT Stockton)

On Thursday, October 21, 2010, PACT Stockton hosted one of the largest candidate forums in Stockton this year. Community members gathered at White Rose Church of God in Christ to listen and meet candidates running for City Council and the Stockton Unified School District Board.  The event began with a prayer by Rev. John Harris and a welcome by Pastor Nathan Bullock.

Eleven candidates attended. The candidates introduce themselves and answered questions from the audience, questions that dealt with some of the most important issues impacting Stockton. This includes he school district's budget and use of funds, public safety, and student success. 

 Additionally, the forum included a presentation by a supporter and an opponent of Measure H, which would amend parts of the City Charter that relate to the Stockton Fire Department, and a proponent of Measure G, which would allow for public or publicly assisted housing providers to use existing affordable housing funding to develop low income housing.

 At the end of the night, residents walked away not only with a deeper understanding of the candidates and their platforms, but also with a stronger sense of commitment to be involved in their community and the importance of voting and challenging others to vote.