On Saturday, August 5th voters from Ward 3 converged on the Donna Liggins Recreation Center to hear the three Democratic candidates vying to replace the seat being vacated by current Council member Karin Uhlich discuss their views on a variety of issues including rapid development, gentrification, affordable housing, transportation investment, racism and discrimination, access to healthy food, and balancing public safety with the need to protect vulnerable communities.
About 120 people attended the forum which was co-hosted and co-organized by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, the Southwest Fair Housing Council and the YWCA of Southern Arizona. Grassroots organizations L.U.P.E. (Luchando Unidos Padres e Estudiantes) and SURJ (Standing up for Racial Justice) also contributed to the organization of the forum.
Tucson Weekly had a nice recap of the forum including most of the questions and responses from the three candidates. You can read that article here.
Another forum focused on equity is tentatively scheduled for October 14th for the general election. For more information on that forum, check in with the Southwest Fair Housing Council’s Rachel Beaty.