Costa Mesa City Council Candidates to Debate

Political candidates are in for another round of rapid-fire quizzing Thursday at the third of four “Feet to the Fire” debates co-sponsored by the Daily Pilot, The Orange County Register and Voice of OC.

This time around, it’s candidates for the Costa Mesa City Council: Jay Humphrey, Mayor Jim Righeimer, Tony Capitelli, Rita Simpson, Lee Ramos, Chris Bunyan and Al Melone.

As always, the discussion is designed as a no-holds-barred session where reporters can query prospective and current elected officials on any topic.

The debate is hosted by Barbara Venezia, columnist for the Daily Pilot. Questions will be asked by Daily Pilot Editor John Canalis, Daily Pilot City Editor Alicia Lopez and Voice of OC Editor-in-Chief Norberto Santana Jr.

The discussion kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. at Orange Coast College (2741 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa).

Political science students from the college are slated to attend, and Venezia said the event is open to anyone who wants to see public policy in action.

For those who can’t make it, the debate will be broadcast live on KOCI-FM (101.5 FM)

The next debate will be for Newport Beach City Council candidates on Oct. 1 at the OASIS Senior Center.

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