Saturday, June 22, 2013

Have You Been to a Mayoral Forum Yet?

Or are you waiting to see how it all shakes out after the primary on August 6th? 

On the one hand, the one person I did not want to be mayor - from a public education standpoint - was Tim Burgess.  He made it much easier because he walked away.  (But he made it clear he hoped for a new mayor in the fall.) 

I am continuing to talk with all the candidates and it makes for some interesting discussions.  What I plan to do is offer tidbits of those conversations and make some suggestions for candidates I think would be good for public education.  There won't be any endorsement per se of one candidate. 

There are several mayoral forums coming up this next week:

Sunday, June 23rd, the South Lake Union Mayoral Forum at  2 pm at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at Pontinus and Thomas (moderated by C.R. Douglas - I'm a big fan of his). 

Wednesday, June 26th, the City Neighborhood Council Forum from 6-8 pm at City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room

More Information -Submit Candidate Questions: seattlecnc@gmail.com
The NW Film Forum asked the candidates about their favorite films about politics and political philosophy and is running some of them in a festival from July 5-8.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Mike McGinn - a great film and a good one for older students (probably 5th grade and up).
All the President's Men - Kate Martin - also a great film about uncovering the Watergate scandal
Papillon - Bruce Harrell - a good film (and interesting choice)
The Wind that Shakes the Barley - Ed Murray - I haven't seen this one but it was directed by Ken Loach, a great director and is about the struggle for Irish independence.
Buddy, The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor - Peter Steinbrueck - a documentary of the mayor of Providence

Me?  I like the choice of To Kill a Mockingbird but I also liked The Candidate (from 1972 with Robert Redford) and Election (a high school election but with all the political machinations you might find in any big scale one). 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

a WMS Julius Caesar -
let me have men about me that are fat, sleek headed men,
such that sleep at night.
yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look, he thinks too much,
such men are dangerous.