Are you confused by this year’s ballot initiatives? Are you not sure which candidates to vote for?
You are not alone. With election season in full swing, a group of local residents have created an online forum for Oakley voters to interact with candidates, get information and share opinions on political topics.
“With three open seats on city council and several multi-million dollar initiatives on the ballot this year, Oakley has much going on,” said Angela Lowrey, spokesperson for the resident group. “We want to help bring people together via one platform to discuss important election topics which impact the future of our great city.”
A lot of dialogue began to take place on Nextdoor.com; however, due to strict guidelines against campaigning and the geographical restrictions between some subdivisions, Oakley voters experienced difficulties with whom they could directly interact and what topics they could talk about via existing social-media platforms.
“Our goal is to help create an informed public and bring people together in one place for dialogue and deliberation before they cast their ballots this year,” said Lowrey. “We have created a Facebook page, which is open to all Oakley residents. Candidates have received invitations to participate.”
According to Lowrey, Oakley residents are responding well to this new online political site.
“Within 24 hours of setting up the Facebook page, 138 people have joined and three candidates are already participating,” she said. “We look forward to great dialogue and community building via this online forum, which will stay open until the polls close on Nov. 8.”
To join the online forum, visit www.facebook.com/groups/OakleyPolitics.