Kersteen, one of three District 1 hopefuls, talked the most candidly during a candidates’ forum Wednesday night, about how the Council should handle the major development proposals.
The only primary contest in Council elections is in District 1, on the city’s west side. The primary will be held on Aug. 30. The two candidates receiving the most votes will be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot for the general election.
On the issue of a new sports stadium, Kersteen urged the city “to get the Rays to the table” and “request that they open their books.”
As for whether to build a new stadium or new Pier, Kersteen said citizens should have the final say on “multi-million dollar projects.”
Gerdes said he would involve people in discussions on the Pier and stadium by holding frequent forums in his district. “I’ve gone on record saying that if I’m elected, there will be town halls every other week in my district.”
Gerdes said his reason for running is to “reconnect voters with their local government. If you can’t do it at the local level, you have a big problem.”
Shulman said he would want to give people the opportunity to talk about these important proposals but that it is sometimes difficult to get residents to turn out for meetings.
His solution would be to hold Council meetings around the city and bring the deliberations to the people.
Overall, the three candidates were able to distinguish themselves in styles and ideas at the primary forum. Continue reading Hersey’s analysis here.