◼ DA candidates square off at Arcata forum; public inquires on cannabis, plea bargains, future changes - Will Houston/The Times-Standard
That's a decent recounting of some of the discussion. Not complete, by any means.
The debate/forum last night might be one of the best this county has seen in decades.
There were no softball questions. No 'boxers or briefs' BS.
It was at times guttural and very REAL. It wasn't pabulum and soundbites. The answers were genuine and heartfelt, passionate, and really pretty unguarded.
What came through, from all four candidates, was a passion for their job, a commitment to the office, and the, at long last, voicing of the frustrations of working in the collapsing Gallegos office.
They are all committed to solving the problem, fixing what has gone wrong. That path is clear, and no matter who wins, the same basic solutions will be employed.
You no longer have a candidate who hates law enforcement. All four treasure their working relationship with the various entities, and are committed to doing an even better job. All recognize that holding each other to high standards is good for the entire process.
There were tough questions answered last night. It wasn't sanitized. I highly recommend you take the time to listen to it. You will get a real feel for all these candidates. It is very much a race, there is no cake walk.
The podcast is not up yet. You can look for it here ◼ http://www.khsu.org/audio_archives. I'll update with a link when I can.
HERE'S THE LINK TO THE PODCAST: ◼ http://khsu.streamguys.net/10002.mp3
The tone and tenor of the forum - outstanding! From the early emails from Kevin Hoover to the participants to the actual event.
That's what I see. What did you see/hear?