Daniel Thomas…Political candidates running for various positions throughout the city of Vista payed a visit to Rancho Buena Vista High School for a candidate forum geared towards students Monday, which gave them an inside look at what’s in store for the elections coming up this year.
The event began at 5:00 PM with an introduction in the quad of the school,where candidates were present. This gave students an opportunity to speak with the candidates before the questionnaires in classrooms. By 6:00, the candidates headed off to their designated classrooms where they were set to introduce themselves to students and respond to any questions and/or concerns they may have. The students were granted five minutes to rotate rooms following each ten-minute session with a candidate, which meant that if a student stayed until the end of the event, they could attend a session with seven of the over twenty candidates.
Mayor Judy Ritter, who is running for re-election, gave a brief background on her history in Vista, and answered questions regarding new project sites downtown, as well as questions regarding Vista’s affiliation with marijuana. At one point, Ritter was asked about the legal sale of marijuana, and her expression visibly changed dramatically. Ritter was quoted as saying “You want eleven dispensaries in your city?” referencing that multi-family housing will be next door.
Ritter’s opponent, Sarah Spinks, quickly got on the topic of litter, saying it’s a “constant visual reminder of not caring about each other, and not caring enough about the world that we live in.” She also spoke about the fact that she is a currently a tattoo artist in Vista, and that she has seen all walks of life through her profession.
TheVistaPress.com has video of five different questionnaire sessions on its YouTube channel, which is linked below.
Sarah Spinks – Mayor
Victor Torres Superior Court Judge
Judy Ritter – Mayor (incumbent)
Rueben Major – Secretary of State
Brian Wimmer – District #76 State Assembly
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