The League of Women Voters held a forum Tuesday night for candidates running for the Fullerton City Council in the November elections.
The purpose of the forum was to give each candidate an opportunity to talk about their goals for representing the city council, said Jodi Balma, moderator and a professor at Fullerton College.
Fullerton council members serve 4-year terms and are separated by district. There is a limit of three consecutive terms for members, according to the City Clerk’s Office. Fullerton is made up of five districts.
Six candidates are currently running for the two open seats in Districts 3 and 5.
“We want to make it as objective as possible to give all of the candidates a chance to answer all of the questions,” said Pearl Mann, a League of Women Voters coordinator.
The League of Women Voters, founded in 1920, is a nonpartisan organization that provides
information to voters regarding elections and registering to vote.
Mann said she acted as the city’s representation for the league because she is a Fullerton resident and is aware of the issues people are concerned about.
“We don’t have a connection with any of the city councils. We don’t take sides, we don’t support candidates,” Mann said. “This was a very good group tonight. I thought some of those questions were difficult if you hadn’t thought of it before, but they all came up with very resourceful and very interesting comments.”
District 3 candidates
Mayor Pro Tem Greg Sebourn and Councilman Jesus Silva are the only current members on the council running for re-election, both representing District 3.
Sebourn said he wants to respond to the needs of citizens, emphasizing the need for transparency in government.
Silva said his priorities are funding for the Fox Fullerton Theatre and saving both the Hunt Library and the Coyote Hills Golf Course.
Also running for District 3 is Nickolas Wildstar, a recording artist who ran for governor in June, as a libertarian.
Wildstar said his goal is to be a “voice for the people of the streets, the people of the neighborhoods, the people that don’t have their voices heard.”