Minority Coalition to hold Candidate Forum Tuesday


ST. GEORGE – The Washington County Minority Coalition will be holding a Candidates Community Forum on Sept. 6 at the Downtown Public Library from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

All 10 candidates for the City Council elections in St. George have been invited to attend. Questions have been submitted by various members of the community and cover wide variety of topics from public transportation, homelessness, jobs, diversity and other prominent issues facing the community.

This will be an open forum, which will be free to the public. Its purpose is to help educate the community and work together to create solutions for problems facing our great city.

The Washington County Minority Coalition is a non-profit organization in Southern Utah that advocates for the minorities of the local area. For more information, visit http://washingtoncountyminoritycoalition.wordpress.com.

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  • Jon Martin September 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    The Forum went very well, all 10 candidates attended and answered a wide variety of questions, to a standing room crowd. It’s a shame that no one from the press was there to cover our event. The questions that were asked were questions that I would guarantee would not be asked at ANY other forum. Frankly, it was frustrating to see that there was no press coverage, other than this article. The is the first time a forum of this kind was held here in St. George, let alone by a Coalition of Minorities. It seems to be the case that when Minorities get together to do something for the community, it gets no coverage, but if this were some “rally” or “demonstration” where a bunch of angry Brown and Black people got together to whine about the government and play the “race card” I think every local media outlet would have been there. We appreciate STGNews for posting about the event.

  • Not a Mormon September 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    This is intriguing. I’m conservative and tend to be wary of minority action groups because they do tend to be liberal. What sorts of questions were asked? And what constitutes a minority? Your quip on “brown” people makes me think of Mexicans and they’re not exactly a minority, even if under 50.0% of the population.
    Are non-Mormons a specific part of the coalition? That is a true minority in St George if ever there was one.

    • Jon Martin September 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Yes Non-Mormons would be considered part of our constiuency because like you said, they are a minority. Our largest constinuency would obviously be the Latino and Black communities, given that they are the largest minority communities here, and although there may be a large population of Latinos in southern Utah, they are still a minority voice in the social and political atmosphere of the Washington County area.

  • Not a Mormon September 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Touché, indeed they are.
    So, back to an initial question, what sort of questions were asked that would not be asked at “ANY” other forum?

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