Walla Walla Walla County Democratic and Republican party chapters and Whitman College’s politics department have organized a candidate forum for the public to be held Monday.
Candidates running for two Walla Walla City Council positions — one in each race will be eliminated in the Aug. 1 primary election — will be at the forum, which starts at 7 p.m. in Whitman’s Maxey Auditorium.
“Our primary goals are to increase civic and voter engagement at the local political level, and to get candidates on the record with regard to their positions and interests in public service,” Everett Maroon, the Democrat’s 16th Legislative District state committeeman, said in an email. “We are also hoping to quell some of the increasingly bitter partisanship since the 2016 election.”
Working with Maroon on the forum is Skyler Rude, Walla Walla County Republican state committeeman.
Candidates will make opening statements and then take questions from a moderator regarding local infrastructure, homelessness, and city finances and economics, Maroon said. Also, candidates will be asked written questions selected in advance from the public.
Rude said candidates attending the forum are Jim Barrow, the incumbent Walla Walla City Council Position 1 candidate, and challengers Riley Clubb and Jerrold Phillips. Running for Position 2 are candidates Manuel Almanzar, Myron Huie and Devon Wootten.