WRO Staff / Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 @ 4:52 p.m. / Elections

(Audio) Supervisor Candidates Discuss Property Rights, Housing Issues At Del Norte Association of Realtors Forum

Local realtor Debbie Olson presides over the Del Norte Association of Realty's candidates forum on Feb. 19. Photo: Jessica Cejnar

From KFUG Community News' Avi Critz:

This past Wednesday, the candidates for Del Norte County Board of Supervisors met at the Firehouse on Washington for a community forum. The candidates participating in the forum included Lori Cowan, John Pritchett, Bob Berkowitz, Kevin Hendrick, James Ramsey, Darrin Short, and Valerie Starkey.


The forum was arranged and held by the Del Norte Association of Realtors and moderated by Debbie Olson. In preparation for this forum, candidates were given a list of 23 questions that they prepared answers for. These questions revolved around property rights, home ownership, and community issues surrounding housing.


The forum began with 3-minute opening statements from all the candidates, in which they addressed their hope for this discussion and their qualifications to run for Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.


Many candidates also mentioned the key issues that they would address in their answers. They were then randomly given 2 questions from the list of 23 questions that were provided earlier. Each candidate also answered a write-in question that was asked by the people in attendance. 


Although each question was different in its topic, many of the same subjects arose from the candidates' answers. Every candidate mentioned the growing homeless population in Del Norte County, as well as economic growth in every district.


Many candidates pointed to tourism being the biggest economic draw for Del Norte, and suggested that tourism be better promoted in our county. 


The audience questions brought up topics like developing a 24-hour homeless shelter and how the board can collaborate with community organizations to implement such a shelter. The candidates then gave their closing arguments and expressed their excitement for the coming election.


The primary election for California is on March 3. Polls will be open from 7a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about polling places, visit the Del Norte County Elections Office website.


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