The Collier County Democratic Party is hosting a Naples City Council candidate forum on March 20 at the River Park Community Center beginning at 6 p.m. All four candidates in the April 2 special election for the Naples City Council have confirmed their attendance. They are:
Edward (Ted) Blankenship.
Raymond R. Christman.
“The River Park neighborhood has a rich cultural history and is a vibrant and active part of the City of Naples,” said Annisa Karim, chairwoman of the Collier County Democratic Party. “The residents have diverse backgrounds but strive to live as one community.
“It contains a mix of apartments, single-family homes, businesses, churches, and the River Park Community Center. The successful candidate in this election will be expected to represent this diverse community. This debate is an opportunity for residents to hear how the candidates plan to do that.”
Approximately 80 percent of the city’s black residents live in River Park, and, according to the Naples Daily News, “the number of its residents born abroad, like Haitians and other Latin Americans, nearly double between 2009 and 2014. Those immigrants now make up nearly half of the more than 1,300 people who live in that tract, according to U.S. Census estimates.”
At the forum, each candidate will have an opportunity for opening and closing remarks and will be given 90 seconds to answer each question with 30-second follow-ups allowed. Members of the audience will also be given an opportunity to ask questions.
The news media is invited to attend.
When: 6:00 PM – Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Where: River Park Community Center (301 11th Street North. Naples, FL 34102)
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