By Miriam Raftery
Photo: La Mesa City Council candidates Allan Durden, Colin Parent, Mark Papenfuss, Kristine Alessio, Jack Shu, and Laura Lothian. Four of the six candidates have agreed to participate.
August 29, 2020 (La Mesa) – Six candidates are vying for two seats on the La Mesa City Council. East County Magazine invited all candidates to participate in a candidate forum this Thursday, September 3 at 7 p.m. Have a question for the candidates? You can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon on Thursday.
Four of the six candidates have confirmed they will participate. Shown in the photo above, they are Allan Durden, Mark Papenfuss, Councilman Colin Parent, and Jack Shu. Councilmember Kristine Alessio and Laura Lothian are not available but agreed to do an interview with ECM via Zoom, which we will post when completed.
The forum, held virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19, will be live-streamed on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/EastCountyMagazine Video will also be recorded and posted at www.EastCountyMagazine.org after the forum. We thank the #FacebookJournalismProject for supporting our virtual candidate forums during the pandemic.
Below is information on all candidates running, listed in alphabetical order: