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District 4 City Council candidates Steve Hansen and Joe Yee will hold their final debate Tuesday night after as the year-long campaign comes to a close.
The debate, which is hosted by The Sacramento Press, will occur at 6:30 p.m. in the Cosmopolitan Cabaret theater, 1000 K St. Access Sacramento will broadcast the event live on cable channel 17 and on AccessSacramento.org.
The Sacramento Press is hosting – if you plan to attend and would like to ask a question, RSVP here.
The candidates have contrasting styles and messages, as shown in this video of their closing statements during the Local Elections Candidates Forums hosted by the League of Women Voters on Oct. 6. Yee emphasizes his experience, while Hansen tends to present himself as an agent of change.
Joe Yee's statement:
"To achieve the goals I've outlined earlier – business growth, job creation, financial responsibility, public safety reinvestment in Sacramento and the future, thoughtful and inclusive decisionmaking process – that all takes experience. As the economy of Sacramento and the region recovers, we'll be challenged to move quickly, but we still need to make the right decisions for District 4 and the city. That takes experience, and my experience has proven, over and over again, that we must reach out, work with the neighborhood organizations and individuals in District 4 and in the city to make the right decisions, because we need to listen and work together to achieve that. This is a time for tested, thoughtful leadership, and I ask for your support and your vote. Thank you.
Steve Hansen's statement:
"Thank you to all of you who have watched today so thoughtfully. You've heard my passion, you've heard my vision. I hope you've heard my plan. I have a different kind of experience that doesn't revolve around City Hall but rather working in the community, working in our neighborhoods, and working to build a better city. We have to worry about our future, and I am committed to putting in the time, energy and making sure that not only we work hard, but we rebuild the opportunities that our grandparents, our forefathers and mothers helped to give us. That has not been well-stewarded by the current council or by City Hall. I think we need change, and we need a city that doesn't take anything for granted. Hopefully you'll work with me, you'll vote for me, and we together can lead this city to a brighter future. Thank you."
The Sacramento Press would like to thank our event sponsor, Capitol Towers, for supporting the debate.