Coral Gables Candidate Forum–Real Questions or Political Pablum

The Ponce Business Association has announced a series of candidate forums before the coming April elections for two commissioners and mayor.

I reproduce their invitation, as follows:

The Ponce Business Association is sponsoring three Candidate Forums (one for each seat) for the upcoming Coral Gables City Commission election that will be held on April 12, 2011.

Our first Forum will be for the Commission Seat of Mayor (Group 1) and will be held at the Coral Gables Congregational Church on January 18, 2011at  7:00 pm.  The moderator will be CBS4 news anchor Eliott Rodriguez.  The Forum for Seats 4 and 5 will be held in February and March.

Seating is limited. Please reply to this message with your RSVP to

Question:  Will this be an forum in which the candidates answer open questions from the audience?  Will there be a period in which the candidates question each other or participate in a debate?
Comment:  If these forums follow the model of some of the candidate forums I have attended in Coral Gables in the past, the events may turn into a useless exercise in which the candidates make unchallenged ambiguous statements of intention.
Let’s hope that this is not the case.


About Stephen E. McGaughey
Resident of the City of Coral Gables

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