The Harbor Council
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Presents an impartial and nonpartisan
Newport - Mesa Unified School District
District 2: Charlene Metoyer & Michelle Murphy
District 4: Gina Nick & Karen Yelsey
District 5: Michelle Barto & Paul Hillson
District 7: Ashley Anderson, Bertha Rodriguez & Diane “Dee Dee” RuoRock

Wednesday, October 10 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Harper School ~ 425 E 18th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Armida Brashears

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Format Summary and Ground Rules:
  • No campaign materials to be permitted on premises, including buttons worn by attendees. 
  • Live forum only – not recorded. 
  • Candidate seating determined by Ballot order. 
  • There will be an impartial Moderator, Question Sorter, and Timekeeper. 
  • The Moderator will explain forum rules: Verbal interaction between the audience and candidates during the forum will not be permitted. The forum is neutral territory for a sharing of philosophy, ideas and information – not campaigning. 
  • This is a nonpartisan event; no cheering/shouting will be allowed. 
  • Candidates have 2 minutes for opening statements. 
  • Submit questions in advance to And audience members may submit written questions on 3x5 cards (provided). All questions will be screened for relevance, to avoid duplication. Personal questions or attacks on any candidate will not be acknowledged. If a question is directed to a specific candidate, it must be issue focused. All other candidates may have an opportunity to respond, if they so desire. If a question is directed at a candidate they will have up to a minute to respond. No oral questions will be taken. One question per card. Attendees may arrive early to submit cards. 
  • Runners will collect question cards during the forum and deliver them to the Sorter. 
  • The Sorter will screen questions to avoid duplication, prioritize by relevance, and assure adherence to the guidelines and ground rule. 
  • Candidates have ninety seconds to respond to written questions 
  • The Timekeeper will ensure time limits, holding up a green card to start, a yellow card when 30 seconds remain, and a red card when time ends. 
  • The order of questions will be rotated among the candidates. The final question should be asked no later than 8:05 p.m. to allow candidates time at the conclusion of the forum to meet informally with voters and the press. Q&A may end sooner, if all suitable written questions have been asked by the Moderator. 
  • Candidates have 2 minutes for closing statements. 
  • The moderator will close the forum. 
  • Candidates have the opportunity to mingle with attendees, members of the press, and answer individual questions at the conclusion of the forum.