Hey Everyone, I will be attending this event as a member of the press....you can either email me your questions or submit them via politic 2.0's method. I will post as many questions and answers as I can type!
Thanks to my "political source" for the heads up on this one~!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE & MEDIA ADVISORY
Salt Lake City Mayoral Hopefuls to Debate via Web
Politic2.0 Encourages People to Submit, Vote on Questions for Candidates
August 7, 2007
Salt Lake City, UT – The campaigns of Jenny Wilson, Ralph Becker, Keith Christensen, and JP Hughes have confirmed their participation in a Salt Lake City mayoral debate to be streamed live on the Internet, hosted by Politic2.0.
The web-based forum, called “ConventionNEXT”, will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2007, from 7:45 to 9:15 PM at the Salt Lake City Public Library’s main auditorium, located at 210 East 400 South in downtown Salt Lake City.
Before and during the event, Politic2.0 encourages residents of Salt Lake City to register at www.politic20.com, submit questions for one or all the candidates, and vote on which questions should be asked. The moderator, Matt Moon (Chief Political Officer at Politic2.0), will relay the questions that receive the highest score from online participants. During and after the event, those in the auditorium and those logged in from their own home or work computer will be able to comment on the event and evaluate the candidates' responses, and the candidates can review the responses and comments of the public.
The primary election for the Salt Lake City mayoral race will be held on Tuesday, September 11 and the general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6.
“ConventionNEXT is a bold, new way of connecting voters with candidates in political forums, and will be a system improved over the one used for the CNN/You Tube Democratic Presidential Primary Debate,” said Moon. “While producers at CNN ended up deciding the one-percent of the over thirty-thousand questions submitted via YouTube that were asked, this forum will allow users to choose and moderate which questions will be asked. Our ConventionNEXT gives the power and responsibility of directing the conversation back to the consumer, further democratizing the political process.”
Moon also explained that the creation of Politic2.0 in April 2007 was based on the overall frustration of citizens on many levels. “People have become increasingly disillusioned with politicians and traditional media outlets when it comes to getting substantive information about the issues,” Moon described. “They have also been frustrated because more people use the Internet to find political information, yet find that the information they want is hard to locate, disorganized, and biased. Along with ConventionNEXT, Politic2.0 will be rolling out other web-based interactive initiatives that will connect citizens across the political spectrum to the world of politics and policy.”
If your publication, news station, talk show, or other media organization would like to receive a press pass to the event or to interview an employee of Politic 2.0, please call Matt Moon, Chief Political Officer, at (907) 830-5122 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.