Environmental Forum with District 8 Congressional Candidates on September 30
The following candidates for the District 8 seat participated:
Ana Sol Gutierrez
Seven candidates for the Eighth District Congressional spot presented their views and answered questions at a September 30 forum on environmental issues attended by over 200 residents.
Questions ranged from climate change to environmental justice to threats to the Chesapeake Bay to environmental policies of the Obama administration. In one segment of the spirited program, candidates were given the opportunity to question one other candidate and then offer a rebuttal.
We followed up with the candidates regarding the questions that voters posted at the Forum. Many questions were asked "live," to the candidates...but when we ran out of time, we collected the unasked questions and sent them to the candidates. Click here to read and compare the candidates' answers.
To see video of the Forum, go to the Maryland Scramble blog where a 90 minute video of the forum appears in the Sept archive. (The blog reports “ It was intense, the crowd was large and loud...”)
Progressive Neighbors sponsored the forum, which was held at the Silver Spring Civic Building, along with co-sponsors Maryland Sierra Club, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Audubon Naturalist Society.
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