LANCASTER – A least eight candidates running for various state, county, and municipal offices have confirmed their attendance at a ‘Candidate Question & Answer’ forum, to be hosted by the Democratic Club of the High Desert (DCHD) on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Scheduled to attend are:
- Lee Rodgers – Candidate for Congress, 25th District
- Laura Molina – Candidate for Congress, 25th District
- Star Moffatt – Candidate for State Senate, 21st District
- Steve Fox – Candidate for State Assembly,36th District
- Mario Trujillo – Candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney
- Catherine Ipsen (representing Steve Ipsen) – Candidate for Los Angeles District Attorney
- John Kiramis – Candidate for Lancaster City Council
- Michael Rives – Candidate for Lancaster City Council
The Question and Answer forum, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Friendship Hall, located at 1030 West Ave L-8, Lancaster.
Each candidate will have three minutes to speak before taking three questions from the audience, said DCHD President Johnathon Ervin.
“We want to give the public the opportunity to ask questions,” said Ervin. “We just want to give people an honest open look at who the candidates are.”
Ervin said the forum is designed to expose the public to all different viewpoints, and all candidates were invited, regardless of party affiliation.
“We understand there are different viewpoints…but we will let their voices be heard, it’s a democracy,” Ervin said, adding that Lancaster City Council incumbent candidates Sandra Johnson and Ken Mann declined the invite. “We want every candidate to have an opportunity to make a pitch to the public.”
Ervin said the club will be taking notes and videotaping the event as research to determine which candidates the Democratic Club of the High Desert will be endorsing going forward.
“We will be endorsing, but not that night,” Ervin said. “This is their audition for the public… to give them information on who they are and what they stand for.”
“It is paramount that citizens get out and see what their candidates are all about and clubs like this one are doing their part to make sure the public is educated,” Ervin continued.