2022 Election Candidate Forums – Coronado Times

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Winn Room, Coronado Public Library

The Coronado Democratic Club will host two candidate forums in September in the library’s Winn Room. Both forums are non-partisan community events and everyone is welcome.

The moderator for both forums will be Professor Emeritus of Political Science Carl Luna of Mesa College. Since the Winn Room is limited to 115 attendees, the club hopes to stream the events live online and record them for later viewing.

CUSD Candidates Forum

On Saturday September 17 the Coronado Democratic Club hosts a Candidates Forum for those running for the CUSD Board of Directors. The forum will be held in the Winn Room of the Coronado Library and will begin at 2 p.m.. This is a non-partisan community event that everyone is welcome to attend. Nine of the eleven candidates have confirmed their attendance.

City Council Candidates Forum

On monday september 19 the Coronado Democratic Club hosts a Candidates’ Forum for those running for Coronado City Council. The forum will be held in the Winn Room of the Coronado Library and will begin at 5:45 p.m.. This is a non-partisan community event that everyone is welcome to attend. The four candidates have confirmed their attendance.

Moderator: Carl Luna Short Bio 2022

Carl Luna is professor emeritus of political science at San Diego Mesa College and visiting professor at the University of San Diego. He has taught thousands of San Diego college students from every San Diego neighborhood and community, offering courses ranging from American politics to international political economy. In 2014, the Association of Community College Trustees recognized him as one of the top 5 community college teachers in the nation. He is a frequent nonpartisan commentator on politics, giving nearly two thousand interviews to local, national and international media, including public radio and television, CBS, NBC, the Associated Press and the BBC. Dr. Luna has provided in-depth analysis of local and national politics for over 20 years for KPBS San Diego Radio and Television and was the political analyst for San Diego Fox5 for over a decade. He has written and blogged extensively for the San Diego Union Tribune and San Diego City Beat Magazine and is a contributing author to the anthology of presidential biographies, Public pillars, private lives and a revised volume on the presidency: Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama. Dr. Luna is co-chair of Restore respect, a community initiative promoting greater civility in the San Diego Dialogue supported by a consortium of academic institutions and community groups. In this capacity, Dr. Luna organized and led ten Restoring Respect conferences attended by hundreds of San Diego community members, students, and local educational and civic leaders to participate in panels and discussions including nationally renowned speakers. In 2014, he became the inaugural director of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement, formed between USD and the City of San Diego Community College District, Continuing Education, Mesa and Miramar Colleges. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Luna has given dozens of community presentations on policy topics ranging from citizens’ initiative zoning to threats to American democracy to a wide variety of community groups and moderated many community discussions and public debates across San Diego. In 1999-2000, Dr. Luna was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Economics at Nizhny Novgorod State University in the Russian Federation. Dr. Luna was at the forefront of Putin’s rise and fall of Russian democracy, which has since influenced his academic and civic activities.

To learn more about the candidates for city council, click here.

To learn more about the candidates for the CUSD Board of Directors, click here.

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