The Ward 4 Democrats held a Virtual Candidate Forum last night. All three Democratic candidates for the Ward 4 City Council seat: Marlena Edwards, Janeese Lewis George, and incumbent Brandon Todd were present.
Ward 4 Dems President Candace Tiana Nelson and Samantha Nolan, Past President of the Chevy Chase Citizens Association, did a terrific job curating and presenting the questions.
Watch the recording of the event below and make your own decision about how the candidates handled themselves.
The original announcement is below.
Hello Ward 4 Democrats, Neighbors & Friends!
I have good news! On Tuesday night, starting at 7:00 pm, all three (3) Democratic Candidates for Ward 4 Councilmember have agreed to participate in a Virtual Candidates Forum. Zoom is the chosen platform.
The important details are as follows:
What: 2020 Ward 4 City Council Candidates Virtual Forum
When: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 starting at 7:00 pm
Where: Online = Zoom, click the following link to join: https://zoom.us/j/95452323745 or dial 301-715-8592. The participant, meeting, or webinar ID is 954 5232 3745.
Why: We are always happy to connect Ward 4 Residents, and especially those that are registered Democrats, to Democratic Candidates. The current public health emergency, due to COVID-19 and/or the coronavirus, has stopped us from convening together in public spaces, which has changed our personal and professional lives. It has also changed the way candidates can campaign. This virtual forum will provide a way for candidates to connect with the community.
Please note: During the forum, which will be recorded, only the moderators (me and Samantha Nolan, Past President of the Chevy Chase Citizens Association) and the candidates will be visible. Randy Speck, Chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3/4 G (Chevy Chase) will host, focusing on security and/or the prevention of bot interference. All other participants (public) will have permission to view and listen only. A total of one hundred (100) participants will be allowed. Once that number is reached, anyone else interested may view the forum via a recording uploaded to the ANC 3/4 G website (http://www.anc3g.org), the ANC 3/4 G YouTube Channel (ANC3G), or via a link shared to NextDoor and/or various Ward 4 neighborhood listservs.
Questions for the candidates (Marlena Edwards, Janeese Lewis George, and current Councilmember, Brandon T. Todd) have been submitted by Ward 4 Residents. It is not too late to submit questions. Additional questions will be accepted until 5:00 pm this evening to Samantha Nolan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, I hope each and every one of you is taking every precaution you can to protect yourselves and your loved ones during this unprecedented time. We are all in this together.
Candace Tiana Nelson
President, Ward 4 Democrats of Washington, DC