Group holds forum for Lindsay election

Of all the races for seats on local city councils, none may be as important to its community and watched more closely by its community than the Lindsay City Council election.

Seven candidates are vying for three spots in Lindsay following a tumultuous two years where City Hall has come under fire for everything from favoritism to fraud. Newcomers Steve Mecum, Rosaena Sanchez, Tim Daubert and Eric Sinclair will attempt to unseat longtime incumbents Ed Murray, Esteban Velsaquez and Pam Kimball. In order to help residents learn more about the candidates the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) will hold a Candidate Forum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Lindsay Wellness Center, located at 740 N. Sequoia Ave. in Lindsay.

DHF Organizer Irlanda Ramirez sent a letter on Sept. 18 inviting each of the seven candidates to the forum. She said candidates or their representatives will be allowed a three minute introduction (3 minutes in English and 3 minutes in Spanish) before a short question and answer period and a short closing statement. Translation services will be provided as needed.

“Please come, meet and talk with the people of Lidnsay,” Ramirez wrote, “…and you are welcome to join in for a community meal following the forum.”

In interviews earlier this week, half of the candidates confirmed they would be participating in the forum. Velasquez, who is seeking his fifth term on the Council, said he will be at the forum. Kimball said she has not decided if she will attend the forum. Murray, who has been the City’s mayor for more than a decade, said he is looking forward to a civil debate of the issues facing the City of Lindsay.

“I look forward to the forum,” Murray said. “Any time a group of residents wants to talk about the issues I think that’s good. I will give them the same respect I expect them to show us.”

Steve Mecum, a correctional officer who recently sued the city over the release of public documents, said he and fellow challenger Sanchez, a self sufficiency counselor for the County, are excited for the opportunity to address a large group of residents.

“We have a lot of ideas and look forward to sharing them with the community,” Mecum said.

Daubert, a wheelchair bound retiree who has sued the city several times over issues with ADA compliance, said he could not be in attendance due to a prior engagement. Sinclair did not return calls as of press time.

For more information on the forum, contact Irlanda Ramirez at 559-553-5713 or [email protected].

“Lindsay is a wonderful, small community in your perspective district,” Ramirez wrote in her letter. “It is representative of so many rural communities of the Central Valley, please join us.”

The Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) is a 501 (c)(3) community benefit organization that organizes at the grassroots level, engaging and developing natural leaders. DHF creates leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and policy advocacy in the following priority areas of Health & Environment , Education & Youth Development and Economic Development.

“Our mission is to create a network of organized communities pursuing social justice through systemic and structural transformation,” their website states.

DHF is a direct action organization and hands-on training center for community organizing, leadership development, and policy advocacy. Several of our projects are in agricultural communities of California’s Central Valley including Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch, Lost Hills, Lindsay, Woodlake, and Cutler-Orosi.

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