Meet the Candidates
by Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
May 22, 2014 | 1627 views | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the public are encouraged to meet several candidates that will be vying for various offices in the upcoming election from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, at the Hammon Senior Center, 1033 W. Las Palmas Ave.

The event, hosted by the Elijah B. Hayes American Legion Post No. 168, will allow members of the community to personally speak with candidates that will have a hand in affecting local communities and government standings.

“Our local post wants to offer Patterson residents an additional means of familiarization with the candidates through a nonpartisan question and answer session,” said Amy Hussar, Commander of the American Legion Post No. 168. “The post itself cannot advocate for or oppose any candidate, but candidates from all parties have been invited as required by our bylaws. To quote our national organization’s Get Out the Vote guide, ‘Americans have the right to vote for whom they choose to represent them in our representative form of government. They also have the duty, a responsibility, to use their right to vote and to familiarize themselves with the candidates and the issues up for decision on Election Day.’”

Candidates will get a chance to introduce themselves, followed by a publicly scheduled Q & A. All questions must be written down and submitted to the moderator before the event’s proceedings. Members of the public may email questions to with the subject line “Meet the Candidates” or mail them to P.O. Box 455, Patterson.

The list of candidates that have currently accepted the invitation and will be appearing at the meeting include Shawn Bagley, Senate District 12; Anthony Cannella, Senate District 12; Frank Carson, District Attorney; Birgit Fladager (District Attorney); Adam Christianson, Stanislaus County Sheriff; Tom Letras, Sheriff; and Micheal Eggman, U.S. House District 10.

For more information, please call 690-7222 or email

Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24 or

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May 22, 2014
This is not quite correct. Audience members will be able to submit questions at the forum; they just have to write them down, as we will not be doing an open mic in the interest of time. Emailed/mailed questions need to be received by noon Sunday so that we have time to print them out and sort them.

Members of the public will likely have to chance to speak directly with candidates after the forum, depending on how long the Q&A takes. Some time has been built in for that.

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