What was described as the largest crowd to attend an election forum for the most candidates seeking Solvang City Council seats packed the parish hall at Bethania Lutheran Church on Thursday night to hear 10 office seekers explain their vision for the city’s future.
Robert Clarke and Niels “Chris” Djernaes, along with Kim Jensen and Denise El Amin, are challenging incumbent Joan Jamieson for her four-year seat and that of Neill Zimmerman, who chose not to seek re-election.
Appointed incumbent Karen Waite is facing off against Edwin Skytt, a former council member, in a bid to retain her two-year seat.
Councilman Ryan Toussaint, whose term is not expiring, is taking on incumbent Jim Richardson for the two-year role of mayor.
All 10 attended the Solvang Chamber of Commerce forum that started with pizza and beverages in an informal meet-and-greet session where the candidates laid out their campaign literature along with trays of cookies, T-shirts and other items on tables along the sides of the parish hall and supporters pressed citizens for their votes