Mayoral candidates answer questions to packed house at forum
By Debbie Roberts
Last Monday, the Chamber sponsored a candidate forum for the three city council candidates, Mel Mulder, Joel Kincaid and Stacey Mascarenas, who are all running unopposed, and for the two mayoral candidates, Lori Buck and Terry Moss.
Mel Mulder and Joel Kincaid made opening statements then took seats in the audience, while Mascarenas was not at the forum. The forum focused mainly on the two mayoral candidates, Buck and Moss, who answered a variety of questions from the Chamber, as well as questions from those who attended. The City Council room in the Civic Center was standingroom only for the forum, with voters interested in where each candidate stood on a variety of different issues, from a downtown plan to medical marijuana.
The evening began with moderator Bill Byers of Grand Valley Power asking the candidates their view on a downtown plan, with both candidates believing that the plans need to be kept up-todate and the town must be able to have the flexibility to change with the times and adjust to things that come up with the community in all aspects. They both believe that the downtown core is an important part of keeping Fruita alive, businesses up and running and thriving, and also discussed later the possibility of major chain stores coming into town to help the economy of the town. Moss felt that a big chain, as well as a new grocery store, were key. Buck said that each store that could possibly come into the town should be looked at carefully. They both felt that these stores should not compete with small local businesses, because they are just as important as the big-box stores that could possibly come in.
Both candidates support TABOR, and both said that they support the ban of marijuana, but the discussion got heated over past votes on the ban. But in the end, both candidates said that they voted no, wanting the ban on pot shops in the town.