This seems to be very late in the campaigns to be scheduling a candidate night, but here we go again.
The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Meet & Greet for Grandview City Council, Marble Cliff Council and Grandview Heights School Board Candidates from 7:00-8:00 pm, on October 29, 2013, in the high school foyer. Light refreshments will be served. At 8:00pm we will have a forum moderated by Ann Fisher of All Sides on WOSU to meet the 5 candidates running for Grandview Heights School Board. Competing for the three available seats are: incumbent Grant Douglass, candidate Jesse Truett, and write-in candidates Stephanie Evans, Sandra Kipp and John Leutz. This event is sponsored by the K-3, 4-8 and HS PTOs in conjunction with the Grandview Chamber of Commerce.
Community members who are interested in submitting a question to the forum can use the anonymous form at: http://tinyurl.com/ljt828d Hope you can join us on the 29th!
On the chamber website it has the same general information, except it has a person named Dot Keil listed as the contact for submitting questions. Google tells me that Dot teaches a class in public speaking at Columbus State. It is not clear who will be selecting the questions – Keil or Ann Fisher? All I know is, I will be yawning if they ask the same softball questions that have been used in past candidate nights.
I have a beef with the format of the questioning. The link above leads to a Google question submission form that says the following:
The School Board Forum on October 29, 2013, is intended to be an informative Q & A session, not a debate. Submitted questions should focus on issues that every candidate can address. Specific questions for individual candidates can be posed during the Meet & Greet session (7:00 pm-8:00 pm) or outside of the Forum.
I don’t want my specific questions to specific candidates answered in the hallway where they can be witnessed by the two or three people standing near. The whole purpose of the candidate night is for them to sit on a stage and answer questioning from the community, and have those answers heard by the whole community. Jesse Truett has already established that he will not answer questions, which is his right, but I want him to refuse to answer questions about his past on stage and on record.
Here is my question for all of the candidates: “Suppose you were a teacher and you were in danger of going to jail because you had an affair with a student, would you make a deal with the police to surrender your teacher’s license in order to avoid prosecution?
The candidate night should be a debate, and the questioning should be open. Line people up at a microphone and let them ask anything they want. Is this too much democracy for Grandview?