October 11, 2012
Contact: Nate Miles, 206-409-8032

Communities of color to host political candidates forum for statewide races

(Seattle, WA) – Communities of color will gather on Sat, October 20 at Rainier Beach High School in southeast Seattle to host a nonpartisan legislative day and political candidate forum.  The free, all-day forum will focus on legislative priorities impacting people of color around education, economic development and criminal justice and present these priorities to statewide political candidates.

The morning session will serve as a forum for people of color to share concerns around the three main topic areas that will inform the development of policy priorities for people of color in the upcoming legislative session. “We are excited to unite as communities of color to raise our collective concerns on core issues that affect us all,” remarks Laura Flores Cantrell, executive director of Latino Community Fund.

“This forum is an opportunity for communities of color to meet and speak with political candidates; and most importantly to ensure that we keep political candidates accountable to their campaign promises.” said Nate Miles, African American community leader.

The afternoon candidate forum, covered live by TVW, will be dedicated to listening from candidates for select state-wide offices and their stances. Confirmed candidates include include Jay Inslee (D) and Rob McKenna (R) for Governor; Brad Owen (D) and Bill Finkbeiner (R) for Lt. Governor; Bob Ferguson (D) and Reagan Dunn (R) for Attorney General as well as leadership from the Republican and Democratic caucuses in the Washington State House and Senate.  Moderators include Essex Porter from KIRO and Enrique Cerna from KCTS.

“Communities of color are civically engaged to ensure we have the political voice and power to impact state policies affecting our future, children and families,” said Lua Pritchard, Asian Pacific Islander community leader.”

The free, all-day forum takes place 8:00am-4:00pm with breakfast and registration from 8:00am-9:00am; and the program beginning promptly at 9:00am. TVW will provide live coverage of the candidate forum. Free translation/interpretation is available upon request.  Event registration is highly encouraged and can be found, along with a list of organizational endorsers and more information, at



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