General election forums set for October on CityCable 5

Citizens also can attend live tapings of the forums in Oct. 7 and 9

Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, (509) 625-6505

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.

Three forums featuring candidates and ballot measures on the Nov. 4 general election ballot will be shown beginning in October on CityCable 5, the City of Spokane's government-access cable station.

The League of Women Voters of the Spokane Area organizes and moderates the forums each year in partnership with CityCable 5, as part of an ongoing service to provide area voters with current election information.  Citizens also are invited to attend the taping of these forums in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 7 and 9.

The first of the forums will be taped at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and will include candidates for legislative races from Districts, 3, 4, and 6.

The legislative forum will be replayed on CityCable 5 on:

  • Sunday, Oct. 19, at noon.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 25, at 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m.

A second forum will be taped at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, will cover candidate races in Spokane County, including County Commission District 3, Sheriff, Assessor, Auditor, County Clerk, Treasurer, Prosecuting Attorney, and District Court judges.

The County candidates forum will be replayed on CityCable 5 on:

  • Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, at noon.

A third forum will be taped at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and will cover local and state initiatives and propositions. The possible topics include:

  • State Initiative 591, prohibiting government agencies from confiscating guns without due process or from requiring background checks.
  • State Initiative 594, requiring background checks for some firearm sales and transfers.
  • State Initiative 1351, concerning reduced class size for students in grades K-12.
  • City of Spokane Proposition 1, creating a street levy for improved and integrated streets.
  • City of Spokane Proposition 2, authorizing a bond to improve Riverfront Park.

The ballot measures forum will be replayed on CityCable 5 on:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 24, at 10 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m.

The forums also will be available on-line about a week after the taping date in the CityCable 5 on-demand site.

CityCable 5 is available on channel 5 on the Comcast cable system in Spokane. The channel offers live coverage of City Council and other public meetings, as well as informational programs about issues and projects of the City of Spokane. CityCable 5's monthly schedule is available on line.

For more information on the November general election, local candidates, and voter registration, go to Spokane County's voter information page. The League of Women Voters also sponsors an election information site: