MNA 2006 Mayoral and District 1 Candidate Forums

Mayoral Forum

Mayoral candidates Cindy Chavez, David Cortese, Manuel Herrera, and Charles Reed at Murdock Neighborhood Association Mayoral Forum
Mayoral candidates Cindy Chavez, David Cortese, Manuel Herrera, and Charles Reed at MNA Mayoral Forum


MNA hosted successful Mayoral forum

It was showtime!

And the Murdock Neighborhood Association stepped into the big leagues with its first-ever mayoral forum, bringing four announced candidates for Mayor of San Jose to Lynbrook High School to field questions from its members about the “next four years” for the city.

Candidates Cindy Chavez, David Cortese, J. Manuel Herrera, and Chuck Reed followed their opening statements by answering questions dealing with a variety of subjects ranging from street trees and the Grand Prix subsidy to Coyote Valley and political integrity during the 90 minute program attended by more than 100 individuals.

“We received many compliments regarding how well the Forum was run, from both the candidates themselves and from the audience,” noted MNA President Bob Fanjoy. “Everything went really smooth, and it allowed us to get the most out of our time with the candidates.”

Parliamentarian David Gomez oversaw the installation of a professional sound system and served as timekeeper, Treasurer Jenny Hsieh handled membership sign-up and renewal duties, and Vice Presidents Charles Jones and Larry Murchan were active in the program planning and question review tasks. Website guru Sigi Illes took photos. Past president Steve Chell served as moderator.

Past MNA Treasurer Judy Boehm, who works at Lynbrook, made arrangements for use of the cafeteria for the program. “We will write a letter to Lynbrook Principal Mike White thanking him for the support of the school, especially the custodial staff that set up and took down all the chairs.” added Bob.

“NBC was there when I arrived at 6:30, and the station provided coverage on its 11 p.m. news broadcast,” according to Corresponding Secretary Doris Livezey, who added that the Mercury News provided coverage as well. “A friend of mine who lives across Johnson sat behind me and congratulated our association on entering its second year.  She said they had tried unsuccessfully to have a neighborhood association.  I explained how hard everybody works and that everybody is so cooperative.  I’m proud to be a part of it.”

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District 1 Councilmember Forum

District 1 Councilmember candidates Ross Signorino, Jay James, and Pete Constant at Murdock Neighborhood Association San Jose District 1Councilmember Forum
District 1 Councilmember candidates Ross Signorino, Jay James, and Pete Constant at MNA Forum


MNA hosted informative Forum for District 1 San José City Council Candidates

District 1 Candidates Pete Constant, Jay James, and Ross Signorino responded to questions submitted by you and your neighbors at the MNA Forum on Apr 5. With so few candidates, it was possible that the primary election on June 6 could decide who replaced Linda LeZotte. The MNA Forum provided a valuable opportunity to help you become an informed voter.

Our questions were presented after each of the candidates gave an opening statement. Question topics included controlling Murdock Park usage by large groups, Coyote Valley development, building large homes on standard lots, the San José Mercury News proposed Sunshine Law, and the candidates' priorities for our District.