Mayor, city council candidate forums start July 11th, filled with issues-based questions

Want a chance to hear local mayoral and city council candidates answer questions about the issues facing the Snoqualmie Valley? That first opportunity is next week and the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber and the Valley Record prepare their questions.

The Chamber,  in collaboration with the Snoqualmie Valley Record, recently announced a series of Candidate Forums, the first of which is a Primary Candidate Forum on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge.

The public is invited to meet and greet the candidates starting at 5:30pm, with a no-host bar and light appetizers. The forum is from 6:00 to 8:30pm. These forums provide great opportunities for the candidates to respond to issues-based questions and for the public to compare and contrast candidates on their positions.

This Primary Candidate Forum will be in a moderated question and answer format.  Questions were obtained from the public via multiple outreach efforts, and no additional questions will be taken from the audience.  Primary candidates include City of Snoqualmie (in order in Voters’ Pamphlets):

Mayor:  Fuzzy Fletcher, Steve Pennington, Edward J. Mortensen, Brad Toft, and Matt Larson

City Council:  AJ Tong, Katherine Ross, Lesley Sheppard

The moderator for this forum will be Snoqualmie resident, Clayton Fong.  Clayton has a long history of senior management positions in government service for a U.S. President and for a Governor of California.   He was a member of the White House Presidential Personnel as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Liaison, and he served as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs.   Clayton was the Governor of California’s liaison to the Asian Pacific American communities, and is currently the owner of CSF Strategy Communications.

The General Election Candidate Forums will be held in September and October, and they will include candidates for King County Council, North Bend City Council, Snoqualmie Mayor and City Council, and Snoqualmie Valley School District Board of Directors.

The Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce is committed to being the voice of business in the Valley while providing value to its members.  The Chamber is the only business voice in the Valley that brings in engaging and informative monthly luncheon speakers, provides candidate forums prior to elections (in collaboration with the Snoqualmie Valley Record), advocates for state and local government matters important to business in the Valley, and hosts many other networking and educational activities for our members and interested residents, community leaders, and businesses.


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  • Do you know if this will live streamed or even videoed and posted for viewing afterwards? It would be really helpful to have options for viewing if we can’t physically be present during the event. Thank you!

  • Living Snoqualmie