Editor’s note: A video project referenced in the first line of this letter was organized by the Oberlin Community Candidates Night. Organizers have confirmed the project outlined below is not affiliated in any way with the OCCN and is a completely different project.
To the editor:
The video of city council candidates that was cancelled two weeks ago is now going to happen. It was a good idea then and still is.
Credit for having another go at bringing candidate info to Oberlin voters is due to a group of Oberlin College students, David Sonner and Tom Bethel (Room with a View Productions) who coordinated it all.
All 14 candidates were invited on Sunday, Oct. 4 to present a two-minute statement on video about how they would help council address some of the challenges that face Oberlin. The notice came by email along with the students’ invitation to answer three of five questions that would be given to the candidates when they arrived at the studio. The audio answers could be 10 minutes long. All responses would be recorded, unedited. Recording sessions were scheduled for Oct. 8 between 6-8 p.m. and Oct. 10 between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Oberlin Public library.
To me, this process felt even and democratic. It would help the citizens to know their candidates better. The students plan to publish the interviews or air them in a public forum, on YouTube or in the Oberlin Review.
The candidates’ video will be broadcast on Cable Co-op Channel 9 and on YouTube (Oberlin city council candidates), starting on Friday, Oct. 16. Channel 9 times are Oct. 16 at 1, 1:30, 5:30, and 6 p.m.; Oct. 17 at 10 and 10:30 a.m., 4 and 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 18 at 2, 2:30 and 7 p.m. (Additional schedules will appear on Channel 9 and in the bulletin board of this newspaper). Although all 14 candidates did not participate in the interviews, each was invited in a fair and open fashion.
Oberlin is a city that I love and want to see become even better. I plan to work to continue the city’s efforts in environmental sustainability, listen to and study all sides of issues, and then help reach a consensus that serves the community. If elected, this is the vision I would hold for myself as an active Oberlin city council member.