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Politifest Features Candidates In San Diego Races

A panel speaks at Politifest at San Diego State University, Sept. 24, 2016.
MILAN KOVACEVIC
A panel speaks at Politifest at San Diego State University, Sept. 24, 2016.

UPDATE: 11 a.m., Sept. 26, 2016

Politifest at San Diego State University on Saturday hosted candidates in local races as well as advocates for a number of measures featured on the November ballot.

National Review Executive Editor Reihan Salam and Black Lives Matter movement activist DeRay Mckesson also spoke at the event.

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The conversations prompted debates on stage, as well as on social media.

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If you’re looking for a better understanding of the many issues that’ll appear on your ballot this November, then Voice of San Diego’s Politifest might be for you. The "all-day public affairs conference" at San Diego State University features discussions on state and local measures and races, including a panel between the candidates running to represent the city council district that encompasses City Heights.

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San Diego City Council District 9 candidates Ricardo Flores and Georgette Gomez willdiscuss issues facing their community at a 10:30 a.m. panel. The top two voter-getters from the June primary will be asked to address the topics of housing, homelessness and police-community relations in the district that includes Kensington, Talmadge, the College Area, City Heights and Southcrest.

Other panels will cover the San Diego City Attorney’s race, the San Diego Chargers stadium debate, the state's death penalty measures and a discussion on money in politics. Plus, the event will include conversations with two national figures: National Review Executive Editor Reihan Salam and a leading activist with the Black Lives Matter movement, DeRay Mckesson.

There will also be a presentation on how to use the KPBS Voters Guide.

The first event begins at 9 a.m. Tickets are $40 general admission, or $25 for Voice of San Diego members. SDSU staff, students and teachers are free and some complementary community tickets are available.

A special kickoff event on the 2016 presidential election takes place at UC San Diego on Friday evening.

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