The founding fathers didn't mess around when it came to proclaiming the importance of being a well informed voter.  With minor modifications for today's circumstances - John Adams said,  "Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State (OR City) than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men (or Women) of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men (and Women)."

"Nothing is more essential"  &  "You cannot be too curious" - those sound like important invitations to find out more about the Yakima City Council candidates and their stand on the issues by attending Tuesday's Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  The program is billed as " "Post ACLU Election - A New Council Takes Shape" and that is certainly the case as three new, first time members will be seated.

The Invited Candidates are:

District 2 - Jason White and Pablo Gonzalez
District 4 - Keith Effler and Dr. Kay Funk
District 6 - Micaela Razo and Brad Hill

The lunch meeting will be held Sept 11th, from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the Yakima Convention Center.  The cost at the door is $32.

I have the priviledge of moderating the question and answer session and when finished I hope we all have a clearer picture of what each candidate thinks about the challenges and opportunities facing the city and what kind of action they may be inclined to take.

If indeed we get the government we deserve, then it's on us to know as much about the candidates approach to government as possible.  Not to mention about the candidates themselves. 
As Noah Webster said, "In selecting men (or Women) for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate--look to his (or Her) character. "
Hope to see you at the luncheon Tuesday. 

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