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Patch Sponsoring a CUSD School Board Candidates Debate

We’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating, our local San Juan Capistrano Patch does a great job following hyper-local politics.  Not only do they report the races in great detail, but they sponsor civic events that facilitate participative democracy at the local level.  In the latest example, the Patch is sponsoring a debate for all of the candidates seeking a position on the Capistrano Unified School District Board.  The debate is schedule to occur from 6 – 7:30 PM on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center on Camino Del Avion.  According to the invitation on the Patch:

Although the candidates are running for individual geographic territories known as trustee areas, the debate will cover all four races. The voters impacted are:

  • Trustee Area No. 1: Dana Point, Capistrano Beach and parts of San Juan Capistrano
  • Trustee Area No. 2: Ladera Ranch, Coto de Caza and parts of San Juan Capistrano
  • Trustee Area No. 3: San Clemente
  • Trustee Area No. 5: Aliso Viejo

This will be an authentic debate, not just a candidate’s forum. The candidates will not know the questions in advance. Candidates may have up to two minutes to answer the questions, and others may have a one-minute rebuttal.  Patch Local Editor Penny Arévalo will moderate the debate.

We encourage all CUSD voters to attend the debate and vote in the upcoming elections.  There is arguably no local issue more important than the administration of our public schools, so we thank the Patch for organizing and sponsoring this important event!

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