Candidates are schooled in the ground rules before the forum began at Atwater Avenue Elementary.
At least 150 people attended Wednesday night’s Council District 13 candidate forum in Atwater Village to meet and hear nine of the dozen contenders. There was a lot of meeting-and-greeting going on before the candidates took to the auditorium stage at Atwater Avenue Elementary to respond to questions submitted in advance, with topics ranging from citywide issues to neighborhood concerns, such as how to improve Fletcher Drive and increase safety at Chevy Chase Park. The Eastsider will report on how the candidates responded to some of those topics in future stories in preparation for the March 5 election.
Two of the candidates at the forum, organized by the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce, included neighborhood residents Roberto Negrete, a state senate aide who grew up in Atwater, and Los Angeles Fire Department executive Emile Mack. Of course, the other candidates were not shy about discussing their Atwater connections: Echo Park resident Josh Post said he announced his candidacy to friends in Atwater; Matt Szabo recommended the hot peppers at the Atwater Village Farmers’ Market; Sam Kbushyan talked about bike riding in Atwater; and Jose Sigala spoke about visits to Fosters Freeze with his twin daughters.
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Atwater Village native and candidate Robert Negrete meets fellow residents.
Candidate John Choi (left), a former Public Works commissioner, in a pre-forum discussion.
In the race for most attractive “time-out” – or in this case “FIN” – signs, the handmade signage at the Atwater Village forum got extra points for a creative, DIY flair. The glittery red numbers and letters were pasted on squares of white board with handles made from popsicle sticks.
Candidate and former Echo Park neighborhood council President Jose Sigala reaching out to forum audience members.
Moderator Alex Bruno (left) chats with candidate Sam Kbushyan of East Hollywood.
Voter-in-training attends the forum.
Candidate Josh Post spending time with forum participants.
Candidate Matt Szabo (right) in a pre-forum discussion.
How do you stand out from the pack? Candidate John Choi’s choice in casual, tan and white footwear certainly set him apart from the black and brown loafers and dress shoes worn by the other candidates. One person in the audience said they looked like Earth shoes.
Want to hear more from the candidates? The Echo Park Improvement Assn. is hosting a forum on Thursday, Feb. 7 for candidates in Council District 1 and Council District. 13
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