There are only 20 days until Apopka’s Election Day, which means it’s time to meet your candidates for City Commission. And what better way to get to know them than at a townhall debate?
On Wednesday, February 28th, and Thursday, March 1st The Apopka Voice will host two City Commission Townhall debates at the Highland Manor from 6-8 PM. It’s the first debates in the news site’s history, and the first time all four candidates from Seat #1 and Seat #2 will meet together at the same event.
The Apopka Voice Townhall Debates
Dates: Wednesday, February 28th for Seat #1, and Thursday, March 1st for Seat #2.
Location: Highland Manor 604 East Main Street in Apopka
Time: From 6-8 PM both nights.
But unlike most debates or townhalls, this event will attempt to re-create the experience of being on the Apopka City Council. The agenda items (topics) and specifics (questions) will be sent to the eight candidates a week in advance so that they can prepare to answer questions delivered to them. This style of debate is intended to better simulate the experience of being an Apopka City Commissioner.
There will also be no timed answers, allowing candidates to reply to questions in a more conversational style, similar to how the City Council operates during a discussion.
Three specific topics will be discussed with only a few questions per topic. The discussion will stay on that topic until a comprehensive understanding of the four candidate’s viewpoints/opinions/thoughts is known.
The purpose of this format is not to measure how quickly a candidate thinks on their feet, but rather to measure their approach to solving critical issues for Apopka, and to fully understand their opinions and ideologies on the subject.
In the last 30 minutes, a more traditional townhall style debate will close the event with the candidates answering questions posed by the audience.
Seating is limited to first-come-first-served.