By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
Oct. 9, 2020 (El Cajon) El Cajon’s City Council District 4 candidates participated in a forum sponsored by East County Magazine, moderated by ECM editor, Miriam Raftery, via Zoom. John Sepulvado was the cohost and timekeeper.
Scroll down to read highlights and excerpts of the forum, which covered a wide range of issues with questions from the public as well as the moderator. Topics covered included racial justice and policing, homeless, housing and renters’ issues, the future of Parkway Plaza and the Magnolia performing arts center, COVID-19, budget priorities, hate crimes, pedestrian safety/street racing, and more.
You can watch the full forum, recorded on Zoom, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z213Qn_Cyo&feature=youtu.be
The three candidates vying for the seat are (alphabetically) Estela de los Rios (D), Phil Ortiz (R), and Dunia Shaba (R). A fourth candidate, Billy Thigpen, did not participate. He has suspended his campaign and encouraged voters in the Nov. 3rd election to support Estela de los Rios.