Residents to gain knowledge about Council Candidates at Oct. 13 forum

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Winters voters have an opportunity to ask questions about the issues they think are important at the upcoming Winters City Council Candidates Forum on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6–8 p.m. in the Margaret Parsons Room at the Winters Community Library (708 Railroad Ave.). The non-partison, in-person forum will also be live streamed and is hosted in collaboration by the Winters Express and Democracy Winters.

Beginning at 6 p.m. the Winters City Council Candidates Forum can be viewed virtually through a Zoom webinar at

The Forum’s planning committee of Winters Express Editor-in-Chief Crystal Apilado, and Democracy Winters’ Kate Laddish and Shep Harper, have been working diligently to create an unbiased, community-focused forum that will bring valuable information to residents.

Apilado and Laddish are teaming up to moderate the two-part event. All five City Council candidates will respond to questions on topics of interest submitted by community members. Winters residents will also have a chance to submit additional questions during the event for all of the candidates to answer during the Community Q&A session.

“The planning committee’s goal is to provide voters with an opportunity to learn more about the candidates so voters can make informed decisions about which candidates they will chose to support,” said Laddish.

The five City Council candidates vying for three open seats in the November election to represent Winters residents include Albert Vallecillo, Lisa Baker, Carol Scianna, Michael Olivas and Richard Casavecchia. Candidates will be given equal opportunity to share their stances on local issues and approaches to City-related tasks.

“The goal of the forum is for the community to learn new and valuable information about each candidate to help voters make a well-rounded decision on who they want to represent them this November,” Apilado said. “With three council seats available and a candidate slate of impactful community leaders and doers, getting out to vote on Election Day will be a vital task for each resident. Every vote will count, and we want to make sure everyone has the information they need to make a confident selection of their candidates of choice.”

In addition to selecting new Councilmembers, traditionally, the member who receives the most votes in the primary election is appointed Mayor Pro Tempore and will move up to the position of City of Winters Mayor after two years.

The dual format of the forum gives candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to prepare insightful discussion and to respond to questions from the floor.

“Because Council members are able to prepare for much of what goes before them in meetings but also have to consider new information on the fly, the planning committee hopes that attendees will find candidates’ answers and their approaches to the two halves of the forum informative,” Laddish said.

The live stream will be broadcast through the Winters Express (@WintersExpress) and the Democracy Winters (@DemocracyWinters) Facebook pages. A recording of the event will be uploaded to the
Winters Express YouTube channel following the event at

This open, public forum is not sponsored by Yolo County Library, and Yolo County Library does not endorse any of the candidates, the co-hosts or their policies or beliefs.

The public is encouraged to arrive at 5:45 p.m. The event will begin at 6 p.m. The community will be able to submit new question during the first half of the Discussion Session.

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