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Belmont City Council Candidates' Forum, Oct. 25

Belmont, CA, October 19, 2007 — Notre Dame de Namur University students will host a candidates’ forum for Belmont city council candidates to address issues such as the noise and smoking ordinances, Oct. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in Ralston Hall Mansion.

The community is encouraged to attend the 90-minute forum, sponsored by the Associated Students of Notre Dame de Namur University (ASNDNU), on the University campus located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. The four candidates running for two open seats on the city council this November are Jason Born, David Braunstein, Broderick Page, and Christine Wozniak.

Candidates will begin the discussion with a two minute opening statement. Following these, questions will be taken from the audience based on written submissions to the moderator, NDNU’s Director of Housing and Resident Life, Mary Oleksy.  After the candidates respond, there will be an opportunity for a follow up question and the candidates will, again, have the opportunity to discuss the issue addressed.  After the questions, candidates will be asked to give a concluding two minute statement.

Issues that will be addressed include the candidates’ position on the recent noise and smoking ordinances, traffic safety issues along Ralston Avenue, their vision for the relationship between NDNU and the City of Belmont, and their stance on the Conditional Use Permit for the University’s Koret Field.

“This forum is an opportunity for our students, faculty, and staff to really participate in the political life of the community in which they live and work,” said Mallory Barr, president of the ASNDNU. ”We hope the forum will give the NDNU community an opportunity to hear what the candidates have to say about issues that are important to all of us so that they will have the information they need to cast an intelligent vote in November.”

According to Belmont City Clerk Terri Cook, currently more than 75 NDNU students are registered to vote in San Mateo County. She cautioned students and other prospective voters that they are only legally allowed to vote in one county. “If they choose to vote in Belmont, they forfeit their rights to vote back home,” she said. “It is a crime to be registered and/or vote in more than one place during any given election cycle.”

Cook emphasized that candidate forums are an excellent tool for learning about candidates and encouraged the community to attend. “You can read candidate statements, and you may receive campaign literature, but there is nothing like seeing someone in person in action to get a true sense of where they stand on various issues.

“I hope the students at NDNU and the community finds the forum helpful,” Cook said. “It is one of my personal goals to assist and encourage voter registration and, most importantly, to remind people that voting is a privilege.”

The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 23. Voter information may be obtained on-line at the San Mateo County Election Department’s website at www.shapethefuture.org; The League of Women Voter’s at www.smartvoter.org, or the Secretary of State’s website which contains an electronic voter registration form at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm.

For more information regarding the Belmont City Council Candidates’ Forum, contact NDNU’s Director of Communications, Richard Rossi at (650) 508-3585.