By Bob Cleaveland, Tacoma
As a 1984 charter member of Tacoma City Club, I joined a community involved in thorough, thoughtful white paper studies and informative dialogues as well as inclusive candidate forums. No longer. No more.
City Club held its October 6 dinner “debate” with only 2 judicial candidates. Citing “time constraints,” City Club leaders have decided to “pick and choose” only half of the 27th and 28th District candidates for their upcoming October 20 lunch presentation.
Long-time incumbents Jeannie Darnielle and Tami Green received no invitation to defend their records, while first-time challengers Jon Higley and Paul Wagemann were also not invited and will have no forum to advocate their cases for change. How sad.
“Pick and choose?” Feels like political censorship to me. Voters deserve better. Might the TNT editorial board or TVW conduct interviews for area state legislative candidates on line as they have for senatorial candidates and initiatives?