17 mayoral candidates participate in packed forum

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Updated: 4/29 11:55 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- When you have more than a dozen mayoral candidates, all gathering in one room, things are bound to get a little interesting. The second of many mayoral debates, held Tuesday evening at the Jot Travis Building at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Wasn’t so much about the issues, as it was about the candidates, all seventeen of them.

The first order of business of the evening was introductions. It took more than 30 minutes to introduce all of the candidates.

The forum, moderated by Anjeanette Damon of the Reno Gazette Journal was a chance for the candidates to offer their two cents on some of the most important issues facing Reno such as laying off firefighters, and medical marijuana.

There was one problem though, with 18 potential mayors, it’s hard to get to know all of them during the period of what was supposed to be a 90 minute debate.

As Reno resident David Morris put it, "If you don't pay attention it's very overwhelming, you're going to vote for all the wrong reasons."

At the forum begins the process for determining the 10 most viable candidates for Reno mayor. Those ten will then be invited to appear in a televised debate on May 29th.

They've decided to use a formula to determine which candidates are viable to participate in the televised debates. Those criteria include social media followers, reader and viewer voting, and fund raising.

In the weeks leading up to the June 10 primary, News 4 will be interviewing as many candidates as we can. All interviews will happen on our 4 p.m. newscasts.


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