◼ Humboldt Access - video
The first report on the Fifth District Candidate's Forum at Azalea Hall in McKinleyville.
◼ Nice, and Nicer - The Journal
It wasn't just the lack of knowledge and preparation. The inability to answer questions except for two areas. Woefully unprepared. I almost want to just wince and turn away, this was so sad, and so painful. But it's serious, because of why she's running. So here's what I saw...
A one-issue candidate pushed by people who are pissed off about the general-plan delays. Well, ok, one-and-a-half, because she was well-versed in Ken-Millerisms about Richardson's Grove (Are the tanks rolling up the interstate yet?)
Ordinarily, a candidate this clueless would have been eviscerated in the media.
When asked about county funding, her parry was "The only person who cares about that is the person who wrote that question." Really? Ryan proceeded to answer it. As he answered every question.
Some things are understandable. She can be forgiven for not knowing anything about the 50,000 acre feet, it's not likely any first-time candidate would understand it.
But, as excruciating as it was to see her unable to answer question after question, or responding with platitudes, it got worse.
I don't remember what the question was, there were several that pertained to tribal relationships - to hear her start a mini-dissertation on 'indigenous people' was beyond imagination. You wanted to scream, OMG! STOP! Don't you realize you're sitting next to a tribal member! Talking about 'them' in the abstract, it took on a surreal quality, as Ryan stoically endured it. (comes in about 53:35 on the video, added, above)
I left before it was over. But I hear she had a great pre-written piece at the end, all about the General Plan.
I felt somewhat sorry for this woman.
From the article: The debate was recorded by Access Humboldt and will be available online soon at www.accesshumboldt.net. For a rundown of other scheduled debates in local races, check ◼ here.
◼ Her My Word: Meet your 5th District candidates: Sharon M. Latour - Times-Standard
◼ Ryan Sundberg's My Word: Meet your 5th District candidates: Ryan Sundberg - Times-Standard
◼ Who? - WP 3/20
◼ Sharon Latour Launches Campaign to Unseat Sundberg - Ryan Burns/Lost Coast Outpost 3/20
...Following the speech, Latour took questions from the crowd for more than half an hour, and in the process she seemed to have trouble addressing policy specifics....