Candidates sound off at crowded forum |

Candidates sound off at crowded forum

Tribune staff report

There are few opportunities to sit down with a candidate before filling out a ballot on Nov. 4, but that's exactly what more than 75 people did at the South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum on Thursday.

All 15 candidates competing for seats on either the South Lake Tahoe City Council, El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, Lake Tahoe Community College Board of Trustees or South Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors showed up for the event.

Candidates running unopposed were excluded.

The forum, held at the college, started with statements from each candidate before the contenders broke into groups. They then made their way around the room, moving from table to table to answer questions from both moderators and the public.

John Cefalu, a former El Dorado County supervisor and South Lake Tahoe city councilmember himself, said he attended the meeting because it was a great way to hear about the candidates' qualifications.

"I just want to be sure they have the experience to do the job," he said.

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Michael Murillo, on the other hand, said he enjoyed meeting the candidates in person.

"It's a great opportunity to have them all in one place," said Murillo, who is married to LTCC President Kindred Murillo. "They can give speeches, but it's different when you talk to them face-to-face."

County elections officials started mailing vote-by-mail ballots this week. Military and overseas ballots were mailed last month.