Chamber-supported mayoral debate is on for Sept. 20 at the PAC

  • Mon Sep 18th, 2017 4:17pm
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Nancy Backus, left, and Largo Wales. FILE PHOTOS

Wanna know where the two candidates for Auburn mayor stand on the things that matter to you, like utility costs, homelessness or the drivability of Auburn’s streets?

From 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, incumbent Mayor Nancy Backus and her challenger, Deputy Mayor Largo Wales, hold their first major debate at the Auburn Performing Arts Center, 702 Fourth St. NE.

The Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce is presenting the debate.

Voters elected Backus in 2013 to be the first female mayor in Auburn’s 120-plus-year history, and she presents herself as a strong advocate for issues important to Auburn on the local, regional, state and national levels, among them: fiscal responsibility, economic development and public safety, affordable housing and human services.

As for Wales, she says she established a reputation for council leadership, having been elected by her council peers for the second consecutive year as deputy mayor. Leadership within the council, coupled with direct work on council committees, she said, has stoked a passion to further expand her service to the community.