The London Community Center hosted a Mayors Forum on Tuesday evening.
WYMT chief executive Neil Middleton moderated the discussion between three London mayoral candidates: Jacob Kirby, Judd Weaver and Randall Weddle.
“Now it’s not a debate, it’s a political forum,” Middleton said. “So talk to the audience, or the moderator, but not your opponent.”
The forum took on an essentially cordial tone. Each contestant began with a 90-second opportunity to introduce themselves.
“We believe it is time for us as a community to understand the accomplishments that we have made as a community, but we need to take those accomplishments further and understand that economic growth has to happen,” he said. said Weddle.
“Everything I’ve worked for in my life,” Weaver said. “All of my experiences, whether related to work, friendship, whether municipal, governmental, educational, it’s all here tonight.”
“My aim as mayor is to make London open for business,” Kirby said. “We need to have the easiest city to work with and get London back to work.”
The approximately 40-minute question and answer session covered topics ranging from annexation to a recent city audit to commercial and residential growth plans.
THE LONDON AUDIT WAS ONE OF THE HOT TOPICS LAST NIGHT IN THE MAYOR OF LONDON’S FORUM.
THE AUDIT FOUND THE DAUGHTER OF CURRENT LONDON MAYOR TROY RUDDER HAS BEEN PAID MORE THAN COUNCIL BUDGETATED FOR HER POST ON THE CITY’S TOURISM COMMISSION.
MORE… THE REPORT FOUND THAT THE TOURISM COMMISSION FAILED TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE MONITORING OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS.
EVERY MAYORAL CANDIDATE ADDRESSED AUDIT…CALLING FOR TRANSPARENCY…AND PROCESSES TO ENSURE MISMANAGEMENT OF FUNDS CANNOT HAPPEN.
After the forum, the three candidates sat down privately with members of the media for follow-up questions.
London Mayors’ Forum Questions and Answers for the press only
Troy Rudder, the current mayor, will step down at the end of his term.
The city’s non-partisan primary election, open to residents of the City of London, will take place on May 17.
The top two candidates will then advance to the general election in November.
If you missed the program, you can find a reminder presentation at the bottom of the page.
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