Following a two-hour forum in which candidates for the 27th State Senatorial District presented their views on issues important to the Malibu community, Malibu Democratic Club members voted to endorse Henry Stern. (For full transcript of forum and link to video of event go here: Candidates’ Forum
Almost 100 district residents attended the Saturday, Feb. 21 (2016) event where Stern and three other candidates fielded questions from moderator Lance Simmens, author/activist and second vice president of the club. Stern already has been working for the 27th District as State Sen. Fran Pavley’s legislative aide.
Four of the six Democratic candidates participated in the forum, including Stern, Janice Reznik, David Pollock, and Richard Mathews.Shawn Bayliss and George C. Thomas were invited but did not attend.
Candidates fielded questions on topics that included open space preservation, the proposed Sacramento Delta water tunnels, and campaign financing and fracking.
“Club members felt Stern was the candidate who could most effectively handle environmental issues that are uppermost on the minds of residents,” said Ann Doneen, MDC president. “He will hit the ground running as he already thoroughly understand the needs of the district.”