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It's Showtime: Council Candidate Forums Air on Cox 3

Candidates for City Council in Rancho Santa Margarita can be watched on Cox 3 today and Friday.

Editor's note: Updated to include Cox OnDemand information.

Forums for candidates seeking city council seats in Rancho Santa Margarita will be televised by Cox 3 this week.

The first forum, sponsored by Patch and the RSM Chamber of Commerce, was taped on Oct. 1 and featured five of the six candidates hoping to get elected in the Nov. 6 general election. It will air Wednesday, 7 p.m. It is 90 minutes.

The second forum, sponsored by the Community Associations of Rancho, was taped Oct. 2. It will air Friday, 7 p.m. It is two hours.

Both forums, after they air, will be available on Cox OnDemand until Nov. 6.

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Candidates seeking election are incumbents Tony Beall and Carol Gamble, and Kenney Hrabik, for two available four-year terms on the council; and Glenn Acosta, Larry McCook and Brad McGirr for one available two-year term on the council.

The forums were considerably different.

The Patch/Chamber forum did not include Hrabik, who had a family medical issue that required his attention instead. Candidates were not provided questions in advance, and it delved more into the personalities of the candidates, what they valued and their vision on various issues, including Chiquita Ridge and economic development. Athough several questions were common to each candidate, there were also questions tailored for each individual.

The CAR forum included all the candidates and covered HOA and other issues, and was more structured; leading up to the forum, candidates supplied written answers to questions, and those written responses were the foundation for questions or follow-ups asked at the forum.

Video, in a re-edited form, for each candidate at the CAR forum can be viewed on the CAR Facebook page.

Brad McGirr October 24, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Allow me to say that in my opinion, these two Candidate Forums provided an excellent opportunity for the public to evaluate each of the candidates in a fair and balanced manner. The two forums were quite different, but both were hosted by excellent moderators and the questions posed to each of the candidates elicited very interesting responses. I would encourage everyone to view these televised events as these forums provide great insight into the character and positions of each candidate.
Kenney Hrabik October 24, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I was unable to participate in The Patch's Candidate Forum due to my daughter having a medical procedure that day. I did attend the next night's forum. Here is my link to comments made that night. http://www.rsm2012.com/in-the-news.html I agree with Brad that these forums showed we do have differing thoughts about the issues.
Lawrence (Larry) McCook October 24, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I enjoyed participating in both forums. Brad is right. The forums present the difference between politicians and businessmen. If voters are interested in flowery oration from politicians (two are lawyers), then they have three to choose from. If voters are looking for common sense candidates with business experience, then there are two to choose from.
myrsm2012 October 26, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I can not think that I sponsored this man with his sound ordnance issues. We as a community (that used his facility) thought that he was not being treated properly. I now see a man that has a vendetta against our wonderful city leadership. He is so blinded by rage that he is willing to place vehicles with messages on them outside of schools bashing the parents of students. He breaks the law to promote his message by parking large oversized vehicles in no parking zones and when asked to stop doing so he then continues again, even after the police have given him citations. I will give him one piece of good information that he did suspend parking his vehicles in no parking zones for two days after being asked to stop and then removed them after being asked again. I am not sure if he was doing so because he wanted to do that right thing or if he is just worried that I would become another voice against him. I truly wish him the best of luck but think that there are other people running for office that will offer so much more to our community and be selfless instead of being selfish. I do know who is am not voting for this November and do know who I would never support at a public hearing. I wish Kenny the best of luck as he might be a good person deep down.
myrsm2012 October 26, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I can not think that I sponsored this man with his sound ordnance issues. We as a community (that used his facility) thought that he was not being treated properly. I now see a man that has a vendetta against our wonderful city leadership. He is so blinded by rage that he is willing to place vehicles with messages on them outside of schools bashing the parents of students. He breaks the law to promote his message by parking large oversized vehicles in no parking zones and when asked to stop doing so he then continues again, even after the police have given him citations. I will give him one piece of good information that he did suspend parking his vehicles in no parking zones for two days after being asked to stop and then removed them after being asked again. I am not sure if he was doing so because he wanted to do that right thing or if he is just worried that I would become another voice against him. I truly wish him the best of luck but think that there are other people running for office that will offer so much more to our community and be selfless instead of being selfish. I do know who is am not voting for this November and do know who I would never support at a public hearing. I wish Kenny the best of luck as he might be a good person deep down.

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