Council candidates appeal for votes at Washburn forum

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - With elections nearing, Washburn University gave people the chance to meet their candidates for Topeka City Council.

The university held a candidate forum in the law school Friday night.

Each candidate has a focus, and forums like these allow people to hear those messages - getting to know each candidate.

Tamika Terry and Will Pope are two of the three candidates in district two - Christina Valdivia-Alcala is the third - but she was a no-show at the forum.

"Local government affects Topeka's in a big way," Pope said.

"And they don't think of it at the time, but when that big issue comes up they really wish they would've voted in that previous election."

Both candidates from district eight - Spencer Duncan and Jeff Coen agree - voting matters.

Coen says that vote could lead to stronger planning.

"I like to see consistent good planning and a future vision," he said.

"Planning to where our city is gonna be in the next ten years instead of you know, planning three years out."

For Terry in district two - it means a push for progress.

"I want to be a person of change, and in order to change that your mentality has to be different than the status quo," she said.

Duncan has a similar affinity for creative solutions in district eight.

"If we don't get creative and we don't get a little innovative, we're not going to solve some of the problems people have been complaining about for the last 20 years," he said.

The change doesn't start with any of these candidates - it starts with you and your decision to hit the polls November 5th.

"Normally turnout is very low, so your vote has an outsized effect in changing Topeka," Pope said.

Despite any differences between candidates - they all agree it's critical to get to know the people whose names will be on the ballot before November 5th.