Gloria Ferris

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Ward 14 General Election Community Forum

with 2 comments

On Tuesday, October 9, Brian Cummins and Jasmin Santana were invited to participate in a community forum to answer questions from the people who will be voting for them on Tuesday, November 7th.

Here is the invitation:


Brian and Jasmin-

You are the two candidates left standing after a primary that had very capable candidates.

It has been more of a challenge to find venues and available dates this fall than it was this summer because of the number of events being hosted by our venues.

Therefore, there are three dates available for the community forum and one time frame 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

They are as follows:

Tuesday, October 24th 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 25th 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, November 1st 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

If you could check your calendars and get back to me as soon as you possibly can, I will be able to confirm the venue and we could all begin promoting as quickly as possible.

We will again use the League of Women’s format for the event.

· All Questions will be written.

· Keep questions clear, concise and to the point.

· Keep questions appropriate to the council race.

· Pose general questions that both candidates can answer.

· Screeners/sorters will be available for help with wording and writing questions.

· Pages will be in the room to pass out pencils and cards throughout the forum and to collect the questions.

When you confirm your attendance, I will forward the format, agenda, a flyer to circulate and four questions that will be preset by one of our volunteers, Mikki White.

Good luck and I look forward to another successful community forum.

Gloria Ferris

On Thursday, October 12, this reminder was sent out.

Brian and Jasmin-

Brian- Thank you for your prompt reply to our invitation.

Jasmin- If you could please reply to my original invitation or this reminder by the end of business Friday, October 13th at 5:00 pm.

This is a very busy time of year and our venues are keeping the dates open for us but they are already asking for confirmation so that they can release the dates not used for other events.

As soon as we here back from you we will craft a pdf of a flyer that you both can use to promote the forum to your supporters and those voters on the fence.

Here are the dates available for the community forum and one time frame 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, October 24th 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 25th 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, November 1st 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Please reply with a confirmation or a regret.

Gloria Ferris

It is quite important to nail down a date and a venue quickly so that the event can be promoted for at least a week. Also, the venues have asked for certainty as soon as possible because Fall is a busy time and they are waiting for a yes or no so that the venue can be released on that date.

We are hopeful that we will have answers for them by 5 pm on Friday, October 13.

Written by Gloria Ferris

October 12th, 2017 at 11:05 pm

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  1. We’ve had this same problem with Frank Jackson. He knows that he’s extremely weak in public and therefore minimizes or eliminates his appearances. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons we all started MEET THE BLOGGERS was to showcase candidates who otherwise would go unseen. Ms. Santana is an unknown, and it seems that she thinks she can be elected to a good-paying job by staying unknown. We don’t know whether she has prepared herself for the job though education. We don’t know much about her work skills. The public record shows she struggles with her personal financial affairs. We do know, though, that Rick Nagin, our resident Communist Party plant, advises her and may in fact control her. “Solidarity” is an old Communist battle cry, and that’s what we hear from the lady who bills herself as “The Latino Candidate.” More to the point would be “Integrity,” but that has never been in Nagin’s playbook.

    Tim Ferris

    17 Oct 17 at 1:05 AM

  2. Update: Ms. Santana has been in office for nearly a quarter of a year now and remains unknown.

    Tim Ferris

    20 Mar 18 at 4:53 AM

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