For many years, Charleston Daily Mail editors have met with candidates for state and local offices to discuss issues and to consider political endorsements. This is not an uncommon practice for newspapers, of course. Most do this in some form or another.
A few years ago, we got the bright idea that we’d live blog our candidate meetings for citizens who wanted to follow along wherever they might be. Then we added a little Logitech camera for livestreaming. The image is so-so and the sound isn’t much better, but at least you can see what we’re doing and get some impression of the candidates.
Now, with Charleston municipal elections upon us, editorial page editor Kelly Merritt got another bright idea: to get out of the office and into the community.
So for some of our meetings, we’re heading over to DigiSo: “West Virginia’s first co-working initiative for digital entrepreneurs, start-ups, innovators and creative industry professionals.”
DigiSo’s location is on Charleston’s West Side, so that’s where we’re meeting Charleston City Council candidates who seek to represent West Side wards.
DigiSo is helping us stream those sessions, so expect the production quality to be better than what we’re used to providing. (We’ll probably be back to our own office and back to the little Logitech camera and Snowball microphone for future meetings, so don’t get too accustomed to higher production values.)
Our sessions will begin about noon, although we sometimes run slightly late if we’re making warmup conversation or waiting on someone to arrive.
Here’s the schedule and candidates who may attend:
Jan. 27 Wards 1, 2, 3 — Jones, Slater, Claar, Kirk, Deneault, Overstreet, Nguyen, Lee *
Jan. 28 Ward 5 — Nichols, Ashworth, Cooke Faegre, Bonar *
Feb. 2 Ward 6 — Marlowe, Seabolt, Talkington, Farrell *
Feb. 3 Ward 7 — Chestnut, Knauff, Hawk, Kerns, Williamson *
Feb. 10 Ward 10 — Hightower, Steele **
Feb. 12 Ward 12 — Salisbury, Jenkins **
Feb. 18 At large Republicans — Lane, Johnson, Hoblitzell **
Feb. 24 At large Democrats — Davis, Richardson, Ware, Ireland, Ceperley, Ballard, Henderson, Sheets **
Feb. 25 Mayor — Jones, Scott, Thompson, Monroe ***
* Location at DigiSo
** Location TBD, likely at Charleston Newspapers HQ
*** Location TBD, maybe back at DigiSo