A candidate who won’t debate isn’t worth a vote

In just a few weeks we will elect a new Mayor and perhaps a new Councilmember in District 1. I’ve seen several debates between the candidates for Mayor, both in person and through clips on the news and online. Each has some pros and cons, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to see each candidate convey their vision for San Diego. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the race for City Council here in District 1.

I couldn’t understand why I haven’t seen any debates between the District 1 candidates, but recently I found out why listening to the Mike Slater radio show. Our current Councilwoman, Sherri Lighter, refuses to show up to debates! This is outrageous. I find it insulting that Lightner won’t participate in debates. Slater was interviewing Ray Ellis, who is running against Lightner and actually agrees to answer questions. Ellis said he asked Lightner to join him in debates but she refuses or ignores the offer every time.

I won’t even consider voting for a candidate who won’t debate. Ellis is engaging the public, answering tough questions, and knows what we need to do in San Diego. Ray Ellis has my vote this June.

Michelle Mansukhani

Carmel Valley


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