Six candidates for the four Town Council seats up for grabs in Silverton’s April 1 election tackled issues ranging from marijuana to health care at a Candidates Night forum at Town Hall Tuesday, March 18.
Incumbents Malcolm MacDougall and Karla Safranski, along with candidates Kevin Baldwin, Larry Gallegos, Pete Maisel and Barbara Renowden, fielded questions from Silverton high school students before an audience of about 80 voters.
Judy Zimmerman of Silverton, in welcoming the candidates and audience, reviewed past contentious town elections over the years, including a couple of recall elections. With the town now facing divisive issues such as marijuana regulations and OHV use of town streets, Zimmerman said the community will somehow manage to get through the controversies.
“We’re going to survive this election,” Zimmerman said. “The sun will rise on April 2 and we’ll still be friends and neighbors and in a few years we’ll be laughing about all of this.”
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