Wednesday morning, the Chico Chamber of Commerce hosted an election forum for the seven candidates running for Chico City Council, who were asked to respond to questions consistent with the Chamber’s business interests.
While most of the candidates were either familiar or expected by this photographer, there were two women who, literally, stood out from the rest: Lupe Arim-Law and Forough Molina. Seated, one at each end of the panel’s table, their darker skin and dark hair noticeably contrasted with the typical Anglo candidates seated between them. This year, not one but two Latina women are running for Chico City Council. From a photographer’s artistic perspective this made the forum more interesting (see photos below). But as I listened to Lupe and Forough speak, I became aware that I could confidently vote for them because of what they stand for: environmental protection, social justice, and fiscal responsibility.
These two women, Lupe Arim-Law and Forough Molina, along with incumbent Mayor Scott Gruendl, are the only Progressives running for Chico City Council this year. Although this is just the beginning of the campaign season, with many more forums to go, from what I’ve heard so far, they’ve got my vote.
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