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The ABQ Free Press will be running an online, rolling mayoral candidate forum via email between now and the Oct. 3 election. And even longer if there’s a runoff.
We’ll be sending all eight candidates a question every other day by email. The questions will go out at 9 a.m. and we’ll give the candidates until 7 p.m. that day to answer. Then we’ll publish their answers, or non-answers, the following morning.
We think this is a better way to get substantive questions to the candidates instead of the fluff they get at those mayoral forums. It also gives candidates time to think about their answers.
And they’ll reach more people than the 100 to 200 that show up to the forums. And remember, at least half of those people at the forums — probably more — are usually working for or supporting certain candidates. So not a whole lot of so-called “real people” show up to the forums.
We hope they will participate. But we need your help, as well.
Here’s the letter we emailed to the candidates on Wednesday morning, asking them to participate in ABQ Free Press’ rolling candidate forum:
Dear mayoral candidates,
We’ll send the questions, beginning Thursday, Aug. 10, to your email address by 9 a.m. every other day. We’ll give you until 7 p.m. that day to email your answers. The answers will be published the following morning. We will also let our readers know if candidates choose not to answer the questions.
We think this is a better opportunity to ask questions about a wide variety of topics, and to ask questions you might not get at the many forums you will be attending, and have already attended. It’s a great opportunity to inform a large number of citizens about your views in a way that reaches all of them at once and gives you some time to think about and explain your answers.
We’ll be asking our readers, and our many contacts who have a passion for the city, for questions to ask as well.
We know that all of you are running because you care deeply about this city and its residents and that you are all passionate about letting the citizens know where you stand on the important topics and issues.
We believe this is a public service to the citizens of this city and look forward to all of you helping us inform and educate the citizens of Albuquerque about your views and ideas.
Managing Editor — ABQ Free Press