So I have had this thought in my head for a little while so I wanted to put it out there to see what others think of the idea: A debate for the Howard County Board of Education candidates hosted by local HoCo Bloggers. This would provide “The Public” the ability to ask the questions we need answered to select the most qualified candidates to the HoCoBOE in 2016.
Learn more about the candidates: CLICK HERE
If I had to choose my all-star lineup for the event, it would look like this:
Moderator: Tom Coale (HoCo Rising)
Other Panelist: (Updated)
Bill Woodcock (The 53)
Julia McCready (Village Green/Town²)
Jason Booms (Spartan Considerations)
Candace Avent Montague (From the Scratch Pad of An Urban Bushwoman)
Scott Ewart (Scott E’s Blog) – I know, shameless plug for me and my blog…LOL
Candace Dodson Reed (Is this thing on?)
When would we hold the debate: I would say in the summer or early fall (well after the Primary when we will be down to only 6 candidates).
Questions for the candidates: The questions should come from the public. We could offer an online site where the public could submit specific questions to candidates or general questions for all candidates. These questions would be screened by the Moderator and other panelist to ensure that they are appropriate and on point for the debate. Specific questions would also come directly from the Moderator and panelists.
Debate format: Up for discussion but the simpler the better. It should be setup to keep the debate as civil as possible and to give each candidate enough time to answer questions. We should limit the debate to 9o minutes and hold after 5:00pm during the week (no weekend debates).
Debate location: I would prefer Columbia or Ellicott City…unless we can find a FREE space for the event in which case we could move it anywhere in the county.
Technology use: With the various resources we have, we should be able to “Live Stream” the debate on YouTube and/or Periscope without much difficulty. I believe we would have some great live “tweeting” from this debate.
How would we pay for this: Sponsorship. I know of at least one local business that would be willing to pony up a few dollars to be a sponsor and I have to believe that we could get a few others. I really don’t see this being an overly expensive event to put on for the public (but I could be wrong).
I know the odds of this happening are low right now but it sounded good in my head and thought I would write it down to see what others thought of the idea. Note – I have not spoken to ANYONE listed in this article about the idea…all from ideas in my head. I could not even say that any of them would have an interest in the idea. If that were the case, I would hope that there are other local bloggers that would want the opportunity to participate.
Anyway…let me know what you think.
I have heard that the League of Women Voters in Howard County is planning to hold a Primary debate for the Board of Education candidates (maybe in March). I sent out an email to them this morning but as of this post I have not heard back from them yet. If I get more information, I will be sure to update this blog post.
Update 1/14/16 – Read this for more information about the Howard County League of Women Voters debates: https://scotteblog.com/2016/01/14/breaking-news-about-upcoming-hocoboe-debates-hosted-by-hocolwv/