The race for an at-large seat on the Orange County Board of Commissioners this year features two candidates, incumbent Barry Jacobs and challenger Bonnie Hauser. Both are Democrats.
Early voting is already under way for the May 6 primary. With no Republicans in the race, the winner of the Democratic primary will be unopposed in the November general election.
On Friday, WCHL invited Jacobs and Hauser into the studio for an informal candidate forum, hosted by Aaron Keck. During the hour-long forum, the candidates touched on topics ranging from school funding to budget priorities to taxes to solid waste and environmental development – often challenging each other along the way.
Listen to Part 1 of the forum, in which Hauser and Jacobs discuss school funding and budget priorities.
Listen to Part 2 of the forum, in which Hauser and Jacobs continue their budget discussion, then turn to solid waste and environmental development.