All 12 City Council candidates and the mayor were present at the forum and were given the opportunity to make closing statements. Only opposed candidates, though, participated in the Q&A segment of the event, moderated by Lanet Greenhaw, vice president of education and workforce at the Dallas Regional Chamber. The forum can be viewed here.
Each opposed candidate was given 1 1/2 minutes to answer six questions about traffic mitigation, code enforcement, affordable housing, money management, the city's code of ethics and the biggest issues facing Richardson.
There are four contested races happening this election cycle, including one that pits Place 1 incumbent Bob Dubey against newcomer Jason Clarke.
Current council members Mabel Simpson, Marta Gomez Frey and Scott Dunn will not run for re-election in May. Vying for Dunn's Place 3 seat are Janet DePuy, Dan Barrios and Franklin Byrd; in the race for Simpson's Place 4 seat are Kyle Kepner, Raymond DeGuzman Sr. and Johnny Lanzillo; and competing for Frey's Place 5 seat are Ken Hutchenrider and Mauri Long.
Running unopposed are current council members Mark Solomon, Place 2, and Steve Mitchell, Place 6, as well as Mayor Paul Voelker, Place 7.
Early voting runs April 22-30. Election day is May 4. To brush up on the candidates prior to voting, check out Community Impact Newspaper's candidate Q&A's.
Editor Olivia Lueckemeyer live-tweeted from the event. Here's a link to that coverage.