Davis Downtown Candidate Forum (Video)

Davis-City-Council-Elections-2014-IconDavis Downtown is proud to announce the release of the video from the 2014 Davis Downtown Candidate Forum.

The Davis Downtown Candidate Forum and special Davis Downtown Brown-Bag meeting, held April 23 at Avid Reader in downtown Davis, gave downtown business owners and the community an opportunity to hear from the five (5) candidates vying for the two available seats on the Davis City Council.

The five candidates, in alphabetical order, are Sheila Allen, Robb Davis, John Munn, Daniel Parrella, and Rochelle Swanson.

In the video, which is published in its entirety, you will see the candidates share their perspectives on key downtown issues:

  • Downtown Parking
  • Economic Development/Redevelopment
  • Downtown Business Mix
  • Taxes
  • City Budget/Fiscal Emergency
  • Downtown Environment

Understanding the candidate’s perspectives is important when it is time to make a choice at the ballot box. With two open seats on the Davis City Council, which candidates the voters select will have a significant impact on the makeup of the Council. Picking the right candidates will ensure the future success of our community.

Davis Downtown hopes you can take the information in the video, combine it with information from other resources, and make an informed decision when making your selections for City Council.

The video can be viewed below.

“We really wanted to hear what the candidates had to say about key issues affecting downtown Davis in a relaxed and non-confrontational environment,” said Joshua Chapman, Vice-President of the Davis Downtown Board of Directors and owner of Armadillo Music in downtown Davis. Chapman moderated the Candidate Forum and was pleased with the success of the event.

Chapman continued, “We worked hard in developing a “town hall” format that balanced candidate commentary and rebuttals. Our efforts were rewarded with a successful forum and a better understanding of the candidates and their views on key issues that affect the vibrancy and economic health of our downtown.”

Alzada Knickerbocker, member of the Davis Downtown Board of Directors, owner of Avid Reader and Avid Reader Active in downtown Davis was the host of the Candidate Forum.  She echoed Chapman’s thoughts on the format. “Being able to compare candidates on a side-by-side basis is a tremendous benefit to voters. Downtown business owners were able to ask questions and get direct responses from each of the candidates. This forum will certainly assist voters in selecting which two candidates will be representing our downtown for the next four years.”

Stewart Savage, Executive Director for Davis Downtown and owner of Abaton Consulting, a website design and Internet marketing business located in downtown Davis, shared his thoughts on the 2014 Davis Downtown Candidate Forum. “I am extremely pleased with how this major downtown pre-election forum came together,” said Savage. “The questions from our member businesses, the wonderful venue, a great turnout, and thoughtful responses from all of the candidates made for a great event. We are certainly looking forward to the City Council election.”

The Davis Downtown Candidate Forum was brought to you by Davis Downtown as part of the on-going Brown Bag Meeting series. The Brown Bag Meetings are organized by Davis Downtown’s Visioning and Community Relations Committee, and their goal is to facilitate thought-provoking dialog regarding issues affecting downtown Davis.

People interested in learning more about the Brown Bag Meeting series can visit http://DavisDowntown.com/brown-bag/

Downtown Davis is a 32-block Business Improvement District (DBID) formed in 1989 which works to ensure the economic well-being of the downtown. Activities of the DBID include marketing, events, and advocacy.

For more information, contact Stewart Savage, Executive Director at (530) 392-8324 or stewart@DavisDowntown.com.

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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