Newspaper, others put on BI council forums

  • Thursday, October 7, 2021 8:30am
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The Bainbridge Island Review is putting on a Candidates Forum for all eight BI City Council hopefuls that will take place online Monday from 6-8 p.m.

The Oct. 11 forum will be somewhat like the format used during races between presidential candidates. There will be four individual half-hour debates between the candidates.

After a brief introduction each candidate will have 1½ minutes to talk about their campaigns. One quick question will then be asked of each candidate, with 30 seconds to respond.

From there, it turns into a debate, looking deeply at big-pictures issues. An open-ended question will be asked of a candidate, who has 1½ minutes to respond. The other candidate then will have 1½ minutes for debate. The original candidate then will have a minute to rebut.

That format will continue for about 20 minutes. Then each candidate will get to ask one question of their own to their opponent. The response will be for 1½ minutes, with the questioner then having 1½ minutes to rebut.

The half-hour sessions will end with each candidate having 1½ minutes for final remarks.

BI Review newspaper editor Steve Powell will be the moderator. No questions will be taken from the audience.

Go to the Zoom sign-on page. Once on the site at the top click on, “Join a meeting” then type in the webinar ID 951 4240 6577.

Or, from our website, use the link in this story: Bainbridge Island City Council Candidates Debate.

Also, the event will be recorded with video and audio and those will be available on our website at after the event.

The schedule is:

6 p.m. Jon Quitslund vs. Kent Scott

6:30 p.m. Brenda Fantroy-Johnson vs. Chris Smith

7 p.m. Joe Deets vs. Ron Peltier

7:30 p.m. Rasham Nassar and Clarence Moriwaki

Meanwhile, the Kitsap County League of Women Voters is also having an online City Council forum Oct. 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. Candidates will answer questions submitted by the community. Submit yours by noon Oct. 11. For details, go to

The only in-person forum is Oct. 8 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the BI Senior/Community Center. The Review is a co-sponsor on that one. Only about 40 people will be allowed to attend because of COVID-19 concerns, but it also will be shown on Zoom at

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