South Gate City Council Candidates Forum Tonight

All 3 candidates will participate in the 90-minute forum hosted by the League of Women Voters and Patch.

All politics is local, the saying goes, and there’s nothing more local than Patch.

To connect South Gate voters with the contenders in the City Council race, the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles (LWVLA), the League Women Voters of Whittier, and the South Gate Patch Latino will host a candidates forum Feb. 25 in the South Gate Municipal Auditorium located at: 4900 Southern Avenue in the City of South Gate. All three candidates have agreed to participate in the 90-minute forum, which will give the community an opportunity to explore key issues in the race.

Candidates are vying for two open City Council seats on the March 5 ballot. Two are seeking re-election, while one is making a first run for public office.

They are:

  • Bill De Witt (Incumbent)
  • Gil Hurtado (Incumbent)
  • Ricardo Reyes 

The Q&A-style forum will be focused on local government issues.

Join us from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday!

Have some questions that you would like to ask the candidates? Tell us in the comments. 

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Fabian Mejia February 23, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Southeast cities have been stigmatized by wrongdoing (political/financial/criminal). In your opinion, what should be done to deter wrongdoing by appointed & elected leaders?
Maria February 24, 2013 at 04:31 PM
From what I heard there were two candidate forums organized but the incumbents declined to participate in both. They felt one or two of the organizers in both forums were supportive of Mr. Reyes. On March 5th, we will all get two votes. I will be voting for the candidate that I feel best represents me and if one of them happens to not be Bill or Gil, I don't feel they should try to force themselves on us.
Virginia Johnson February 27, 2013 at 12:13 AM
To prevent wrongdoing and keep honest Politicians, we should keep the honest Politicans we already have in some of our South East cities like Gil and Bill of South Gate who have proven their committment and integrity many times over. They are not throwing themselves at us like Maria on this page says, but honoring us with their continued service.
Maria February 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Are you insinuating that Mr. Reyes isn't an honest politician? I understand the loyalty you have to the current councilmen, since you've worked with them for so many years. But it seems like you want to scare residents into voting for Bill and Gil by making them doubt Mr. Reyes' honesty and that's not fair. You keep insinuating that he's not running with the city's best interest in mind and that's simply not true. I hope the residents can see through your scare tactics and do their research before voting, rather than getting their information off of a message board or listening to what the current council members have to say. You're all obviously biased.
Cynthia March 01, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Maria, I am biased. I've seen Gil Hurtado and Bill De Witt, give may hours each year to the Santa Cop program, Food Pantry's, Youth Groups, Church Groups and many more, and this was years before they ran for office. I have never seen Mr. Reyes. Mr. Hurtado and Mr. De Witt are long time residents of South Gate, why don't you ask Mr. Reyes where he has been registered to vote for the last four years, since he says he's been a long time resident of South Gate.


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