Barbs fly at City Council debate

Barbs fly at City Council debate

PORT ANGELES — Candidates for the Port Angeles City Council peppered a general election forum this week with sharply-worded exchanges. Three elected incumbents and an appointed council member battling for four-year terms parried with four challengers, often defending each other and presenting two united fronts during the one-hour, 45-minute Zoom event, sponsored Wednesday by the Clallam County League of Women Voters. The forum featured Position 1 appointed incumbent LaTrisha Suggs and challenger Adam Garcia, Position 2 incumbent Mike French and challenger John Madden, Position 3 incumbent Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and challenger Jena Stamper, and Position 4 incumbent and Mayor Kate Dexter and challenger John Procter. Questions were submitted to the League website at , where there is a link to a YouTube recording of the forum by Sunday. The moderator was Bertha Cooper. Answers were limited to one minute. Queries were separated into categories on climate change and the candidates’ vision of the future. Candidates were asked what constituents were saying about public safety and how they would address any concerns. Madden said the “drug culture” in the city is creating a “tremendous environmental disaster,” warning Port Angeles could become like Seattle; Procter urged a greater police presence and said women fear being downtown at nightfall; Stamper agreed with Procter about that fear and urged more frequent police stops in problem areas, and Garcia said more police officers may be needed but wanted to explore the impact on the budget and with Chief Brian Smith. French, Madden’s opponent, praised the […]

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