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For Yakima Initiative Forum Hosts City Council Candidates Tuesday Night

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The For Yakima Initiative (FYI) Forum, taking place Tuesday night at City Hall, will be a rare chance for residents to see city council candidates in an unfiltered format.

Last week the candidates were in a similar setting, taking part in an event hosted by the League of Women Voters at the downtown library.  Tuesday's forum will have two sessions with candidates from two different races in each.  The first will include candidates running for positions six and seven, the second session will have those seeking positions one and five on the council.

FYI is a pro-business group, which has endorsed candidates for certain races in the past.  They consider themselves to be fiscally conservative but not party-affiliated.  The group also points out that it has supported candidates of all political perspectives in the past.

Every candidate will be asked the same question and the order of who gets to answer first will change throughout the night.  Questions will come from a panel residents representing small business, real estate, and the medical field. Some candidates may not be able to make it in person so they will try to be a part of the forum by speakerphone.

The public is asked to arrive at 5:30 p.m. inside council chambers.  The first session will begin just after 6:00 p.m. and the event is scheduled to finish by 9:00 p.m.

If you miss any part of the forum, it will re-air more than once on Y-PAC before the primary in August.