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Here’s to old school

September 16, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Update:

Due to a conflict with another campaign-related fund raiser, the date of the "Are You Smarter than a Politician?" election forum organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral has been changed. The event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28. The time and location of the forum is unchanged: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the main community room at Gulf Coast Village.

Original post:

There are lots of things to dislike about the political process. This year, unfortunately, there are plenty of things to hate as well.

But while we retch at the attack ads and mailers, the mean memes that mock health issues and candidate's kids and spouses, we do appreciate the old-school, feet-on-the-street effort to meet voters and future constituents.

On the local level, that is debates, forums and multi-candidate meet-and-greets like the upcoming "Are You Smarter than a Politician" event to be held Wednesday at Gulf Coast Village.

Sponsored by the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, the interactive forum set to begin at 5:30 p.m. is expected to draw federal, state and local candidates on the November ballot.

The format is Q&A via a moderator, and the audience gets to participate by using "clickers" to also answer the questions.

It's a fun event and there always is, of course, ample time to meet one-on-one with the candidates.

On the national level, voters throughout Southwest Florida will get their first opportunity to attend a presidential rally next week.

The Donald Trump campaign has announced a campaign stop for the Republican nominee in Fort Myers on Monday.

Doors will open at Germain Arena at 1 p.m. with the rally scheduled to begin at 3.

Tickets are required. Visit www.donaldjtrump.com for availability.

Campaign literature, campaign advertising, fliers and mailers, news stories and televised debates are all to the good.

But actually meeting a candidate, or hearing him or her speak and personally ask for our vote really brings the democratic process home.

- Breeze editorial

 
 
 

 

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