The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe will host a forum to discuss how Snoqualmie city council and mayoral candidates will approach local issues if elected to their respective positions in November.
The forum happens October 17, 2017 in the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom from 6:00PM- 8:45PM. Admission is free and appetizers will be served.
According to a Snoqualmie Tribe press release, the forum will address protecting sacred spaces, responsible development, environmental stewardship, representing diverse voices in the community and government to government relations.
Moderators of the event are Dr. T.M. Sell, Professor of Journalism and Political Economy at Highline College; Nate Smith, Executive Director of the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA; and Perry Falcone, Project Coordinator for the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum.
The forum has been a recent hot topic on social media as Mayor Matt Larson has stated he will not attend, nor will most incumbents except for Councilmember Bob Jeans. Larson said he believes the gesture is well intended, but has concerns including one local government entity formally involving itself in the election of another local government; the casino venue; and objective moderation.
Snoqualmie Tribe Communications spokesperson, Michael Brunk, said via email, “While some candidates have stated they will not be attending, we still have quite a few who have RSVP’d and plan to attend.” He added, “As for those who have declined, we hope they change their minds and decide to attend to share their thoughts and ideas on issues of importance to the Snoqualmie community.”
Organizers say those interested are encouraged to attend the forum or submit questions from the audience in advance of the event. Questions can be submitted to email@example.com
Per the press release: The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has been located in the Snoqualmie Falls area since time immemorial, and actively participates in the local community. Since 2008, the Tribe’s enterprises have allowed them to provide over 1,700 jobs, and donate over $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations in the Snoqualmie Valley.