UPDATE 1:50 p.m. Monday: The Morro Bay candidate forum scheduled for Wednesday will now take place 6 to 8:45 p.m. at the city’s Veterans Memorial Building. It was originally set for 5:45 to 9 p.m.
Also, only three of the five candidates will be participating: mayoral candidate Carla Wixom and City Council candidates John Headding and Nancy Johnson.
Mayoral candidate Jamie Irons and City Council candidate Matt Makowetski have chosen not to participate, citing other campaign obligations, said Ron Reisner, the forum’s citizen organizer.
Irons said he was given short notice to respond about participating in the debate and has other campaign activities scheduled on the same day.
Tolosa Press, which had originally agreed to sponsor the debate, has also backed out. The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce will voluntarily operate the timer but won’t be acting in any official capacity.
The forum — considered a citizen-led event — will be moderated by Bud Zeuschner, who served as a Morro Bay council member and mayor in the 1980s.
Original story: A Morro Bay mayoral and City Council candidate debate will be held Wednesday, May 7, at the city’s Veterans Memorial Building at 209 Surf St. The forum, sponsored by Tolosa Press and open to the public, will take place from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The panel will include mayoral candidates Carla Wixom and Jamie Irons.
The council candidates are Matt Makowetski, John Headding and Nancy Johnson. Two seats are open in the council race.
Topics will include questions on Morro Bay’s infrastructure, finance, and planning.
The debate will be broadcast by AGP Video on Channel 20 in Morro Bay and broadcast on FM 97.3 The Rock radio station.
For information, call Bret Colhouer, publisher of the Tolosa Press, at 543-6397 or the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce at 772-4467.