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Ontario candidates discuss citywide concerns

Story By: Brigitte Coles

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 10/11/2013

Ontario Mayoral and Council-at-Large Seat candidates running in the November 5th General Election took part in a Meet the Candidates Night hosted Thursday by The Ontario Growth Association.

The event was held in the Ontario Middle School auditorium. The candidates that participated in the event included Mayoral candidates retired Ontario police Lt. Randy Hutchinson and City of Ontario deputy auditor David Metzger.

Only three of the five candidates running for city council participated they were incumbent Larry Arnold, Eddie Gallo, who was recently appointed to fill the seat of the late Charlotte Hellinger when she retired and Leo Hess.

Roger Heston and Nathan Sunderland did not attend the debate.

Three government students from teacher Tyler Coley's class were the moderators. They presented questions to the candidates prepared by their classmates related to citywide concerns.

Ontario Growth Association president David Yaney said the debate allows the community to learn more about the candidates and their political beliefs.

"Our questions focused on topics such as deficits, funding for road and sewer repairs and the future of the former General Motors Stamping Plant," student moderator Bryce Kepple said.

"We also want to know how the candidates plan to make the city more diverse instead of being known as a retail hub," Kepple said.

There are three candidates who are running unopposed in November they are current Mayor Larry Collins for president of council, Treasurer Linda Stoodt and Auditor Mary Ann Hellinger.

   
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