With less than three weeks to the November election, a team of Latino renter advocates took to the streets in San Mateo to encourage renters to vote. They also offered recommendations about which candidates to vote for.
“There are seven people competing for three seats on the San Mateo City Council”, says Imelda Navarro, who was a member of the Latino team. “Some of the candidates have proven to be much more sympathetic to renters than the others, and we wanted renters to know who they are.”
On November 7, voters in San Mateo will decide who should fill three out of five seats on the City Council. The stakes are high. Will these seats be filled by people who will work hard to address our city’s critical housing problems? Will these council members be leaders in our community who will listen and respond to the needs of all residents of San Mateo? After conducting a thorough review of each of the seven candidates, One San Mateo believes that Chelsea Bonini, Rick Bonilla, and Charlie Dreschler are best equipped to provide the leadership our city needs.
At our October 1st candidates’ forum (which you can read more about here), on top of asking the candidates 5 of our own prepared questions and 1 question selected from a stack of audience submissions, we pulled out a final audience question to be answered by the candidates electronically. Here is that question (thank you to the question asker, Luis A.!)
On October 1st, One San Mateo held its candidates’ forum. For us being new as an organization to the San Mateo scene, and for it being, therefore, our first candidates’ forum, we couldn’t be happier with how it went. Attendance was great. The crowd was the most diverse of any you will see at the San Mateo candidates’ forums.