150 Turn Out For Candidate Forum

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Snow and icy roads didn’t stop 150 voters from attending last night’s council and mayoral candidate forum at the Flagstaff Radisson.  All mayoral and council candidates participated in the 3 hour event.

The forum was hosted by Coconino County Republicans, Flagstaff Liberty Alliance, Flagstaff Republican Women, Flagstaff Tea Party, NAU Conservatives, and Young Americans for Liberty at NAU and sponsored by alphagraphics, Northern Arizona IT Solutions, Canyoneers, Vemma, and Dorfsmith.com.

Flagstaff Liberty Alliance members Jared Emershaw and Cindy Dorfsmith discuss debate moderation before the forum.

Snow and icy roads couldn’t keep a large crowd from attending.

Seats fill up as the event gets underway.

Flagstaff Mayoral candidates from left to right: Paul Kulpinski, Jerry Nabours, Paul Reilly, and Al White.

Flagstaff City Council candidates from left to right: Jeff Oravits, Coral Evans, Avtar Khalsa, Karla Brewster, John Malin and Jim McCarthy.

Avtar Khalsa (center) used his closing statement to apologize for an article he wrote in 2007 attacking local Ron Paul supporters. I thanked Avtar in person at the forum but want to publicly thank him again for having the courage to apologize in front of such a large audience. More details on this story can be found HERE.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Flagstaff Liberty Alliance table.


  1. Naima Schuller
    February 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Glad to hear that Avtar opologized!

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