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On March 2nd, I sent an e-mail to every candidate for whom I had an address. I invited them to speak–openly and un-edited–in the Lodi Valley Chronicle, and on the Valley Stream.
None of them have stepped up to use this podium to speak to the voters in the Lodi Valley. So I will extend the invitation again–to any registered or write-in candidate:
During the campaign season, I’m offering all candidates a platform to speak directly to the voters–unedited. Your words, in full, exactly as you’ve said them.
This comes in 3 forms:
1) Join me for a half-hour “Lodi & the World” live-stream. This is a casual conversation where you get to talk about your views, ideas, and way of doing things. These live streams are saved to our YouTube channel, so people who can’t watch live are still able to see them.
2) Here is a list of basic questions[.doc]. This will be posted (without edits) as your “candidate profile”. It gives the voters a basic idea of why you’re running.
3) As a registered candidate, I am offering you your own column on the Chronicle. What you write will not be edited in any way. This is an opportunity for you to speak directly to the voters.
If you would like to do any of these, let me know. I’ll get you set up, and give you pointers on how to use the website (It’s not difficult; if you can write an e-mail, you can write a column on the Chronicle).
It’s our goal to provide a forum where voters and candidates can learn from, learn about, and engage with, each other. We are offering you a podium, and we want you to make use of it.
I look forward to hearing from you.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.