During one of the strangest election nights ever, thanks to the pandemic, two emcees, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel and Carrie McPherson Douglass, co-chair of the Bend-La Pine School Board, interviewed candidates one by one, 6 feet apart in an isolated room at the coworking space The Haven.

The public could watch and ask questions via the conference app Zoom.

The event was coordinated by Strengthening Central Oregon Political Action Committee, a newly formed non-partisan political committee, We Win Strategy Group, which does consulting for campaigns and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.

With candidates doing so much of their campaigning virtually because of the pandemic, the goal was to create a campaign party that brought people together to celebrate, said Caroline Fitchett, the chief executive officer of We Win Strategies.

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CardiacSpike

Scott Schaier spent a few moments describing how he is an "agent of change" in his effort to become Deschutes County Sheriff in 2020.

He didn't dwell on the $905,000 in lawsuit payouts he's been the focus of as a police officer in both Las Vegas and now Bend. Nor on his never having been promoted within his chosen profession. Nor his lack of even a 2-year college degree. Or his lack of any executive level police academy training in management, administration, or leadership.

Why he feels he's at all qualified to be a sheriff anywhere in the country is a virtual mystery to me.

MFBend

This event was really good (after the initial technical glitches which were quickly resolved). I’d like to see more of them, even post pandemic. Very well attended. And I’m most impressed with John Hummel and Carrie McPherson Douglass.

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