Letter: ‘A candidate forum’s purpose is to provide voters with a platform to learn about the candidates and their positions’

Vancouver resident Kris Greene continues his conversation with League of Women Voters of Clark County officials over their recent decision regarding a candidate’s participation in a forum.
Kris Greene

Vancouver resident Kris Greene continues his conversation with League of Women Voters of Clark County officials over their recent decision regarding a candidate’s participation in a forum

I appreciate the League of Women Voters of Clark County responding to my concerns, but their explanation leaves me deeply unsatisfied. Their claim that they “cannot and will not do anything that advances one candidate over another” is problematic.

A candidate forum’s purpose is to provide voters with a platform to learn about the candidates and their positions. If an incumbent drops out citing a work conflict, it is not the League’s responsibility to enable this evasion of public scrutiny. This move effectively sabotages the democratic process, leaving only one candidate to present their views unchallenged.

The League’s definition of a forum should prioritize transparency and the voters’ right to make informed decisions. Allowing a candidate to back out due to vague conflicts undermines this ideal. Voters deserve more than empty seats and unanswered questions.

In the interest of fair elections, the League should reconsider their stance. If a candidate is scared to answer questions or face their opponent, it raises serious doubts about their suitability for office. Voters have the right to see how candidates handle the spotlight and respond to public scrutiny.

Kris Greene
Vancouver


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