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A lighter moment during the 2023 Salida Election Candidate Forum. Left to right, Ben Gilling, Alisa Pappenfort, Aaron Stephens, Jackie Berndt, Adriane Kuhn, Wayles Martin. Merrell Bergin photo

For two hours on Wednesday evening, October 4, some of the candidates for the important positions of Salida City Council and Salida Treasurer participated in a Salida City Election Candidate Forum co-sponsored by Truth Has a Voice Foundation/Ark Valley Voice (AVV) and the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County (LWVCC). The session was held in the Salida City Council chambers.

Readers can follow the link below to view all or parts of the forum, conducted by moderator and Ark Valley Voice Publisher/Managing Editor Jan Wondra. In addition to questions from AVV, questions were made by members of the public, both online and attending in person.

Note: Vimeo limits videos to 2 hours in length. The Candidate Forum ran about two minutes overtime, so the video trails off on the final responses and closing remarks by AVV.

These are the candidates who attended the forum:

City Council — Ward 2 candidates:

Adriane Kuhn

Aaron J Stephens

City Council Ward 3 candidates

Jackie Berndt

Alisa Pappenfort

City Treasurer

Wayles Martin

Ben Gilling

Not every candidate running for election participated. Mayor Dan Shore running for re-election unopposed, chose not to attend. Neither did Suzanne Fontana (running unopposed for Ward 1)