Glassell Park candidates forum attracts a lively crowd

GLASSELL PARK — A large and often rowdy crowd packed the auditorium at Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academy Thursday night for a Council District 1 candidates forum.

Many ignored pleas not to applaud, heckle or interrupt the four candidates — Joe Bray-Ali, incumbent Gil Cedillo, Giovany Hernandez and Jesse Rosas, said Martha Benedict, who took photos of the event, organized by the Glassell Park Improvement Association.

In addition to the boisterous audience member,  one man disrupted the beginning by standing in front of the audience and yelling. “He created quite a commotion and gave the moderator a bit of grief,” Benedict said. “She finally got him under control.”

The next Council District 1 candidate forum is scheduled for Feb. 20 in Lincoln Heights

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  1. Will be there any coverage of what was said at the debate?

  2. Was really hoping to hear more from Joe beyond typical campaign rhetoric. Plenty of warranted attacks on the incumbent, very little in the way of actual policy proposal.

    Hernandez impressed me, but probably can’t hack it as an actual politician quite yet. Maybe next election.

    I wish Rosas were my grandpa.

    At the end of the night, I left with even less clarity on my decision than I had going in.

    • There is going to be another forum on Monday, February 20 at 6 pm at Sacred Heart in Lincoln Heights.

      I’ll try and record it in its entirety and post it online for those that can’t make it.

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