Thursday, July 21, 2011
Ballard to Dodge Candidates' Forum for "Softball" Mayor's Night Out Event
Mayor Greg Ballard is dodging tonight's candidates' forum at St. Luke's Methodist Church on the Northside, according to his Twitter page.
The Mayor, whose supporters criticized Mayor Bart Peterson for dodging the forums in 2007, is apparently going to be at the Marion County Fairgrounds for a Mayor's Night Out event. If you've never been to a Mayor's Night Out, Ballard and 20-30 of his department heads, public safety officials, and others appear together. Questions are highly screened and pitched softball style at the Mayor who almost always dodges the softball and lets his staffers take it.
You could do a Mayor's Night Out without the Mayor, easily. While they are valuable events, you wonder if the Mayor might be dodging these candidates' forums for another reason. Anyway, I will be at the candidates' forum tonight. Hopefully, I'll see you there tonight at 7:00 p.m. at 100 W. 86th Street.