SEQUIM — The Independent Advisory Association on Monday canceled a Sequim City Council candidate forum it had planned on Wednesday.
Instead of a forum in council chambers at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St., the IAA will host a meet-and-greet of candidates on the steps of city hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday, said Donnie Hall, one of the IAA’s two founding principals.
He and fellow IAA founding principal Jim McEntire decided with city officials that the outdoor venue is safer given the recent rise in the spread of COVID-19, according to Hall.
“With COVID going kind of crazy right now, we thought that prudence was the best thing to do,” Hall said. “We didn’t want to take the risk.”
He said that a second forum planned Oct. 14 is still scheduled and that he and McEntire would weigh the risks as the date approaches.
Ballots will be mailed Oct. 13 for the Nov. 2 general election.
Hall said he was inviting all the candidates for the five open seats to the meet-and-greet.
The five open seats, and candidates vying for them, are city council Position 2: Sarah Kincaid, office holder, Kathy Downer; Position 3: Mike Pence, office holder, Vicki Lowe; Position 4: Rachel Anderson, office holder, Daryl Ness; Position 5: Brandon Janisse, incumbent, Patrick Day; Position 6: Keith Larkin, office holder, Lowell Rathbun.
Four of the Sequim City Council members running for election were appointed, making Janisse, the only previously elected incumbent.
All were invited to the forums. Those backed by the Sequim Good Governance League — Anderson, Downer, Janisse, Lowe and Rathbun — had declined to participate while those listed as “Our Candidates” on the IAA website — Kincaid, Pence, Ness, Day and Larkin were expected to attend.