It was strictly business — and how to generate more of it — at the Woodinville City Council candidate luncheon forum hosted by the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce on Thursday in the Madrona Room of the Carol Edwards Center.
Challengers Les Rubstello and Al Taylor went answer-for-answer with incumbents Jeff Glickman and Scott Hageman in an hour long give-and-take, responding to five business-related questions submitted by chamber members and delivered by moderator Annie Archer, editor of Woodinville Patch, in front of maybe 50 concerned citizens.
It was difficult to determine who might have outperformed whom, as each candidate had his moments and the group as a whole was remarkably civil in a debate deliberately tailored toward business and business only.
“I was pleased that the event went so well and thought it was a fair opportunity for the candidates to express their views,” Chamber Director David Witt said. “We made it a point to focus on business issues only and felt that was appropriate given it was the chamber. We received some positive feedback from the community and personally I thought it was refreshing to have a civil and respectful conversation about the issues. Sometimes in these campaigns things can gravitate toward the bottom.”
Councilmember Liz Aspen, who’s running for reelection unopposed, was invited to participate but said in a prepared statement read by Witt she could not break away from her duties at Einstein Middle School in Shoreline.
Voter ballots were sent out late last week and the General Election is November 8.