It is the season of political
races with campaigns, debates, forums, and swaying the people for votes in
choosing the right leaders to run our city.
Recently I assisted with a Mayoral Forum in San Jose’s District 1,
hosted by the D1Leadership Group and Council Member Pete Constant’s Office. The
event was not only entertaining for a forum but a huge success with over 410
people in attendance from the community.
It is impressive to me that, in this Mayoral Race, all the candidates
chose to share the stage with their opponents time and time again, in many
community groups throughout San Jose. They can smile, laugh, joke, show respect
to their opponents and still demonstrate authority in answering the pressing
questions from the community.
There is one forum during
this season of debates yet to take place in San Jose: that being the Sheriff’s
race between Laurie Smith and Kevin Jensen.
After the mayoral forum in District 1, many approached me about holding
a Sheriff’s Forum. Thrilled with the
idea of a forum like this it was time to get to work and see if this could be
accomplished. All invites went out and all confirmed but one; I am waiting to
hear from Sheriff Laurie Smith.
There are still many
undecided voters who watch these debates wanting to know more from the
candidates wanting to lead. Some are just learning politics, new in the game,
others just became able to vote and then there are those with history of voting
who have been disappointed in the past and want questions answered before
voting on June 3, 2014. The debates amongst candidates are an excellent way to
allow voters to hear the ideas for the future and possibly support them.
Debates enable voters, teach our youth and learn to judge for themselves about
the candidates realism and vision then having to trust the different sources of
When a Candidate refuses to
participate or fails to show up at a forum with debates like this, it suggests
a disrespect for the voters and is frustrating to those who really care about
our city’s future. To have a cynical attitude or a sense of entitlement to the
position without a challenge, competition or debate to earn votes from the
public is ignorant and demonstrates weakness, not strength. This could even
send the message to the public the candidate has something to hide and fears
the truth will come out in a debate to expose them.
Our representatives should be
accountable to the people and not attempt to discredit the serious voters out there
or the youth learning about politics. So
let’s hope this Sheriff’s Forum will take place in the near future for the
voters to learn who will be the best choice as sheriff.