The San Bernardino Police Officers Association is pleased to announce it will be hosting candidate forums in the upcoming elections for San Bernardino City Council in Wards 6 and 7.
“Based on the success of the Mayoral Candidates Forum we hosted in 2013, the SBPOA has decided to again hold public candidate forums for those running this year in the 6th and 7th City Council Wards,” said Steve Turner, president of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.
The candidate forums will both be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Cal State San Bernardino in the Santos Manuel Student Union Theatre.
The Ward 6 forum will begin at 1:30 PM and the Ward 7 forum will begin at 4:00 PM. Brad Pomerance, host of Charter Communications’ California Edition, has graciously agreed to serve as the moderator for both forums.
“With the crowded fields in both of these races, the San Bernardino Police Officers Association wanted to provide this opportunity to allow the voters of these two wards to get to know the candidates, their backgrounds, and where they stand on the issues facing our city,” Turner said.
In City Council Ward 6, four candidates are seeking the seat currently held by Rikke Van Johnson. Johnson is retiring from the City Council and not seeking re-election.
In City Council Ward 7 there are also five candidates. City Councilmember James Mulvihill is seeking re-election and facing four challengers.
“All candidates in these two races have been invited to participate in the forums, whether or not they are seeking the endorsement of the Police Officers Association for their campaigns.” Turner said. “SBPOA has not endorsed any candidate in either council race. If SBPOA chooses to endorse a candidate in either Ward 6 or Ward 7, such a decision will only be made after the candidate forums.”
The San Bernardino Police Officers Association will solicit questions from its members, community groups, and the voting public to be asked at the candidate forums.