From the Desk of 

September 16, 2020

Let's go to the replay! City Council Candidate Forums

Recently, San José Arts Advocates hosted our first-ever series of candidate forums with the incumbents and challengers vying for City Council Districts 4 and 6 in the November 2020 elections, which could swing the balance of power on the council.

Over two nights in early September, we engaged the four candidates in a wide-ranging conversation around critical issues facing San José’s arts and cultural community, including funding, displacement, housing, taxes, COVID-19 recovery, and more.

Couldn’t watch live? Don’t worry, we recorded both sessions and posted them on our YouTube channel:

Watch the District 4 Candidate Forum (recorded 9/14/20)

Watch the District 6 Candidate Forum (recorded 9/9/20)

We’d like to thank candidates David CohenLan Diep (District 4) and Dev Davis & Jake Tonkel (District 6) for taking the time to join us. And major kudos to our moderators Amanda Rawson & Mighty Mike McGee (D4) and Brendan Rawson & Usha Srinivasan (D6), all members of the SJAA Core Team.

If you’d like to learn more about the candidates, we encourage you to visit their websites:

And with less than 50 days before the November 3 election, make sure you have a plan to VOTE:

Stay tuned for more opportunities to engage with SJAA and city leaders around the future of arts and culture in San José!