Kayser cancels participation in two District 5 candidate debates
LA School Report | January 27, 2015
The debating season kicks off tomorrow night with the first of several scheduled candidate forums for those running in the three contested LA United board districts.
But it’s starting with a buzzkill.
After committing to appear, board member Bennett Kayser has withdrawn from the first of the District 5 debates, scheduled at the Goodwill Community Enrichment Center in northeast LA. His campaign told organizers that a “scheduling conflict” would preclude him from appearing in that debate and another, on Feb. 10 at the Oldtimers Foundation Family Center in Huntington Park.
Both events are sponsored by United Way-LA, which is also staging forums for candidates in the District 3 and District 7 races.
“We believe the constituents in District 5 deserve to hear from all candidates,” Elmer Roldan, a United Way official, told LA School Report. “These forums are designed to give all candidates the opportunity to answer questions from the community and to demonstrate they’re the better candidate running. He and his campaign have a responsibility to prove to communities that he can lead this district.”
Roldan confirmed that Kayser’s two challengers — Ref Rodriguez and Andrew Thomas — would still appear in the two United Way debates, and so would all six contenders in the District 3 event and all three in a District 7 event. Tamar Galatzan is running for reelection in 3 and board President Richard Vladovic is defending his seat in 7.
Sarah Bradshaw, Kayser’s chief of staff, confirmed that Kayser intends to participate in three other debates for the District 5 candidates, all of them in February.