This email was recently forwarded to me from someone in the audience at a recent New Hope mayoral forum. I've copied/pasted it unedited.
I just wanted to share about the Mayoral Forum that was hosted by New Hope tonight (8/18). The candidates present were Peter Carlisle, Kirk Caldwell and Panos Prevedouros. It was very interesting, to say the least.
In a nutshell, Peter and Panos professed their Christianity, and Kirk agreed that “there is a God.” Both Peter and Kirk were careful to give “politically correct” answers, while Panos’ answers were very straightforward and stated with conviction. Disappointingly, Peter played politician and evaded answering several questions. Kirk is intent on making everyone happy and “caring for the aina.” Kirk and Peter contradicted themselves on several points, while Panos provided hard facts and figures without flinching. If you are still unsure about the rail issue, you must see the Mayoral Forum recording. I am hoping it will become available online or on DVD—I will let you know if it does.
When asked the question, “Do you support the removal of opening prayers at City and Council meetings?” Kirk said he would neither support nor request removal of prayer in the meetings, but would also open it to all religions—Christians, Buddhists, etc. Peter said that while he is a Christian and believes in prayer personally, there are laws and we have to abide by them. Panos simply said he would not support the removal of opening prayers at the meetings.
I know this is sounding biased, but you really had to be there to hear the answers that were given. I think we have a small chance at economic recovery or relief with Panos, who is intent on fixing the problems, auditing government spending, and not increasing taxes. He made a good point when he said, “If you want to fix pot holes, sewer lines, and infrastructure, why would you hire an attorney?”
My two cents, for what it’s worth.