Candidate Forums

The Citizens Foundation, in its ongoing effort to give voice to the underrepresented, began hosting candidate debates in 2013 for countywide, statewide, and national positions. To date, we have held debates for County Executive and the 18th US Congressional District.

Past debates – presented in cooperation with the Orange County Arts Council, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Land Trust, Orange County Partnership, and SUNY Orange – have addressed issues related to business and job growth, community revitalization, land-use planning, healthcare, and education. Questions are selected by representatives from each of the host organizations, based on issues of importance to their constituents.