Candidates Answer Resident Questions at Chamber Forum

The Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce organized a forum for federal, state and municipal candidates on Oct. 4.

Federal, state and municipal candidates hoping to garner votes in the Nov. 6 election came to First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace Oct. 4 for a Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum.

Candidates answered Temple Terrace resident and moderator questions regarding everything from budgets and Medicare to downtown redevelopment and Temple Terrace schools.

More than 100 people attended the forum, which was sponsored by Sherwood Forest of Temple Terrace, Mark Master, and the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County.

Greg Vawter, of the League of Women Voters, served as the moderator.

The GFWC Temple Terrace Woman's Club and Junior Woman's Club provided refreshments.

Click the links below to see videos of each of the candidates who attended.

Evelio "E.J." Otero, Candidate for U.S. Representative, District 14
Otero answered questions about: what makes him better than his opponent, Kathy Castor, who was not present; federal spending; taxpayer theft; and Medicare.

Kevin Beckner, Candidate for Hillsborough County Commission, District 6
Beckner answered questions about: the Hillsborough County budget; his accomplishments; what he would like to change; and what makes him better than his opponent, Margaret Iuculano, who was not present.

Dan Raulerson and Jose Vazquez, Candidates for Florida House, District 58
Raulerson and Vazquez answered questions about: the state budget, how they decided to run for office and what they hope to achieve; and their position on the 11 amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Elizabeth Belcher, Candidate for Florida Senate, District 24
Belcher answered questions about: tax exemptions and how to increase revenue; the 11 amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot; and what makes her better than her opponent, Tom Lee, who was not present.

Terry Kemple and Carol Kurdell, Candidates for Hillsborough School Board, District 7
Kemple and Kurdell answered questions about: what the school board's fiscal priorities should be; who should be allowed to visit classrooms and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) speaking to students; student performance; and whether parents or school administrators know what is best for students in the classroom.

Mary Jane Neale, Grant Rimbey and Eddie Vance, Candidates for Temple Terrace City Council Part 1
Neale, Rimbey and Vance answered questions about: renters and the downtown redevelopment project.

Mary Jane Neale, Grant Rimbey and Eddie Vance, Candidates for Temple Terrace City Council Part 2
Neale, Rimbey and Vance answered questions about: the downtown redevelopment project; red light cameras; the city's budget; how much of their campaign spending was done in Temple Terrace; and their priorities if elected.

Frank Chillura and Cheri Donohue, Candidates for Temple Terrace Mayor
Chillura and Donohue answered questions about: the downtown redevelopment project; how to bring people and business to Temple Terrace; and what differences they have.

See also:
Temple Terrace Election Guide 2012

UPDATE: Meet Local Candidates at 3 Upcoming Forums

Lauren Tice October 08, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Great article, thanks for posting :-)
Truth teller October 08, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Great job getting all the election information together. Has the patch compiled any/all the endorsements (if any) for each of the candidates? It would be nice to see them all in one place.
Ashley Reams October 08, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Yes, I'm working on that and hope to have something posted by the end of the week.
Bob Hornbeck October 09, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Carol Kurdell Endorsements - 2012: Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association Hillsborough School Employees Federation The Tampa Tribune Tampa Bay Times La Gaceta Greater Tampa Association of Realtors (GTAR) Millwrights Local 1000 Iron Workers Local 397 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 915 West Central Florida Federation of Labor Hillsborough County Farm Bureau Listed as the candidate of choice on various slate cards Joe Newsome, School Board Member, 1978-2002 Judith Lombana, Ed.D., V.P. MOSI Many legislators on both sides of the isle ...and hundreds of others, including - most importantly: Taylor Ferrante, 10, Student “I love my teachers, I love my principal, I love my school! It is the best school in the world!! Mrs. Kurdell is very nice and very smart. So please vote for her and make a donation to her campaign on her web site. And thank you!” Approved by Carol Kurdell for Hillsborough County School Board, County-wide, District 7 Please see her Mission Statement on her web site: www.carolkurdell.com


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