Ten candidates, including myself, had an opportunity to introduce ourselves and answer questions in a panel format at the Women's Legislative Council's Meet and Greet yesterday evening. Here is a video of my introduction:
And for balance, here is video of my opponent, Mr. Hansen:
Please forgive the video quality on Mr. Hansen's segment as my wife was stuggling to keep the kids quiet and lost focus on keeping the camera trained where it should be. Nevertheless, this side by side comparison is an appropriate way to compare and contrast the candidates. If applause is any indicator of audience favor, I gladly accept the accolades.
The rest of the evening was mostly civil with some barbs being exchanged between a few Democrats and Republican Majority Leader Brad Dee.
The hosts of the event asked questions that were proposed by members of the audience. Most of the questions were for the Weber County Commission candidates. However, things got interesting once they opened up discussion to questions asked to the Legislators. Topics ranged from immigration, education, taxes, and the final question being dropped on us about same-sex marriage.
I thought the format was great and provided a lively discussion of ideas and viewpoints. I hope that future speaking events are of a similar format.