Phoenix City Council candidate speed dating forum draws small crowd

Carlos Garcia, who is running for the Phoenix City Council District 8 seat, talks with a woman at the Tomorrow We Vote speed dating event on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. /Sara Edwards/DD

 

By Sara Edwards | Downtown Devil

A forum for community members to meet Phoenix City Council candidates drew sparse community attendance at Cosecha Co-Op Thursday night.

The forum, put on by Tomorrow We Vote, consisted of speed dates with the candidates.

“This is not a typical forum,” said Brent Whiting, co-founder of Tomrrow We Vote. “We want to make sure that when someone says to meet the candidate, you actually literally meet the candidate.”

Whiting set up the process to allow community members to have one-on-one, ten-minute conversations with candidates from City Council Districts 5 and 8.

Candidates present from District 5 were current interim Councilwoman Vania Guevara, Audrey B. Jenkins, Betty Guardado and Lydia Hernandez. For District 8, Gilbert Arvizu, Carlos Garcia, Mike Johnson, Michael J. Langley, Lawrence Robinson, Camaron Stevenson, Warren Stewart Jr. and Onesimus Strachan were present.

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