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Olympia mayor, council and port candidates forum set for Wednesday at Garfield Elementary

Two Olympia neighborhood associations have organized a candidates forum, inviting the candidates for mayor, City Council and the port to participate in a gathering set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Garfield Elementary School gymnasium.

The public is invited.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Olympia mayor and council candidates discussion at 7 p.m. The Port of Olympia candidates are expected to take the stage at 8 p.m.

All the candidates are expected to attend, except for mayoral candidate Cheryl Selby, who had a previous commitment, according to Dan Leahy, lead organizer of the forum. Leahy also has yet to hear from Olympia mayoral candidate Prophet Atlantis, he said in an email.

Questions generated by the Southwest Olympia and Northwest Olympia neighborhood associations will be posed to the mayor and council candidates, and they include questions about the recent police-involved shooting of two black men in west Olympia.

Here are examples of questions that have been distributed to the candidates:

• Who is responsible for policies governing the use of deadly force by our police officers: the city manager, the chief of police, the City Council? What questions would you ask in order to determine whether policies relating to use of force need to be changed? What kind of process would you initiate if they did need revision?

• Do you support creation of a civilian complaint review board to hear and make findings in response to complaints filed about police actions?

The port candidates also will be asked several questions, including:

• Do you support former Commissioner Sue Gunn’s opposition to hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the importation of fracking sand from China for the North Dakota Bakken, and the expansion of storage facilities for fracking sand?

• What is your position with regard to whether the Capitol Lake dam should be removed and the estuary restored?

The following are the candidates in each race:

Olympia mayor: Cheryl Selby, Marco Rossi, Prophet Atlantis.

City Council, Position No. 2: Judy Bardin, Jessica Bateman, Raymond Guerra.

City Council, Position No. 3: Nathaniel Jones (incumbent), Rafael Ruiz.

Port, District No. 1: George Barner (incumbent), Joe Downing, Joseph Treacy Kreger.

Port, District No. 3: Jerry Farmer, Bob Jones, E.J. Zita, Larry Goodman.