I was invited by the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance to serve as moderator for its Gubernatorial Forum. This photo was my view from the podium. Not unlike reffing a football game or umpiring a baseball game, it was my job to emcee the event, ask the questions and make sure the candidates played by the rules, which for the most part, they did.
Each of the candidates came off as polite and polished public speakers and to a person, stuck to their talking points, much like a well-trained media spokesperson. For the two no-shows, it was like the dreaded “no comment.”
There was plenty of smooth talking, humor and attempted humor, conversational story-telling and thought-provoking political statements and opinions.
Public-speaking prowess is not solely how we should form our opinions of candidates, but it’s sure better than their TV commercials and “vote for me” signs. At least in person you can see their personalities in action, evaluate their charisma or lack-thereof and hear them verbalize and string together their thoughts on key issues – similar to a new business pitch.
I don’t know who will win come the primaries and general election, but I saw first-hand how the candidates reacted and interacted, both on-stage and off.
Bring on Election Day!