Escondido, CA

Chamber, T-A to sponsor Candidate forums for 50th, supervisor, council

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce and The Times-Advocate are joining forces to sponsor a series of candidate forums for the 50th Congressional District, all three Escondido city council districts that are holding elections, the 75th Assembly District and the 3rd District Board of Supervisors election. 

The forums will be held on a series of Wednesdays in September and October. The Chamber and the newspaper are investigating venues and exact dates and contacting the candidates involved to see if they are available. 

Chamber CEO James Rowten (JR) commented on the joint effort: “The Escondido Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner again with The Times Advocate in hosting a series of candidate forums in the next couple of months leading up to the November 2 General Election. What better partnership could there be than the Chamber and the TA combining resources to bring to the voting public a series of forums with the candidates who have the highest local impact? Stay tuned to both the TA and the Chamber for updates and details.”

The Times-Advocate is champing at the bit to hold another congressional forum that will be part two of the one that we held in Valley Center in cooperation with the Valley Center Business Association that involved the four top candidates and which attracted a huge amount of interest,” said publisher Justin Salter. 

Salter noted that the newspaper prefers to work with vital business-oriented organizations in planning such events. 

He added, “But in addition, we will be doing more forums for the local city candidates as well as the Assembly and the board of supervisors.” He added, “We are really looking forward to working with the talented and dedicated people of the Chamber to do a series of forums that will inform the voters of this area. An informed electorate makes better decisions.”

Right now the exact dates are fluid as organizers try to line up candidates, which it is challenging to do in this world of COVID-19. But at this moment the dates being looked at are in September and October. 

One exciting thing that the organizers are looking at is to take a page of inspiration from some local entertainers who are putting together comedy nights and concerts where patrons arrive in their cars and watch them in socially distanced safety. This is reminiscent of the drive-ins of old.

Keep an eye out for more updates on these candidate forums. 

Those who have an interest in volunteering to help put on these events, contact the Escondido Chamber of Commerce at 760) 745-2125 or The Times-Advocate at

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