Power to the Voters!

Most people in the Silicon Valley think of the recent primary election as a race between Presidential hopefuls, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but for the Midpen Media Center, the focus was on local races and our goal to provide video resources to help voters make informed choices.

The Media Center partnered with chapters of the League of Women Voters in Palo Alto, South San Mateo County and Los Altos/Mountain View to produce and televise a candidate forum in the heated race for the 24th State Assembly District. The video was viewed online 284 times and many more times on our cable TV channels.

State Assembly 24th District Candidate Forum

State Assembly 24th District Candidate Forum

We also co-sponsored a video by the Palo Alto League that laid out the pros and cons of two Bay Area ballot measures and one State Proposition on the June ballot.  That video was viewed online 541 times.

The LWV and Media Center are gearing up to organize, televise and upload numerous candidate forums for the November general election.  There will be city council elections in Palo Alto (4 seats), Menlo Park (2 seats), East Palo Alto (3 seats), and Atherton (2 seats) and numerous school board races.  We also expect a number of local ballot measures to emerge this summer.

We make it easy for voters to find all the links and cable TV playback times on our web site’sElection Pages.

This year we have renewed a partnership with Dr. Patricia Gibbs, a Sociology Professor atFoothill College and her students.  The students are in the process of selecting two state initiatives that will appear on the November ballot.  They will organize debates on their campus featuring speakers from the campaigns in favor and against each initiative.  The Media Center will televise and upload the debates and promote them to voters throughout California.

Save the date for our Election Night show  – November 8th – which will feature analysis of results in Santa Clara and San Mateo County races and interviews with a number of the newly elected officials.

We are always looking for ways to make the video resources more useful for voters. Please send any ideas you have to elliot@midpenmedia.org.

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