(CONA videotapes these forums with thanks to Pete Theissen.) The videos are below in sequence.
|James T. Golden|
|Edward James III|
Dan Lobeck moderated, and CONA President Kafi Benz did the intro and audience questions.
See Herald Tribune - Zac Anderson's story:
SARASOTA - Republican state House candidate Steve Vernon told a crowd gathered in Sarasota Monday for a candidate forum that he "absolutely" believes large donors corrupt the political system and campaign finance reform is needed.
Vernon's Democratic opponent, James Golden, took the opposite position, saying: “I'm not concerned about the money; what I'm more concerned about is the apathy.”
It was among the many sharp — and sometimes surprising — divides between the three candidates for two Florida House races in a forum at the Sarasota Garden Club hosted by the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations.
Three candidates — all Republicans — skipped the forum, leaving two Democrats and Vernon to answer questions in front of about 50 people. More here.