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Candidate forum turns to debate

Richmond’s City Council Candidate forum town hall style made for an interesting debate between the established council and those seeking office.
At the center of the debate was the growth of Richmond, or the lack thereof.
Second Ward Council Candidate Roger Kepple started the debate with a question.
“Do we want growth?” Kepple asked. “I’m not hearing that from the citizens. What’s keeping people from moving to Richmond is Richmond.”
Kepple said it starts at city hall. His comments were inspired by comments from resident Harold Carter. Carter was the first to ask a question that turned into a chastising of the current city council and staff.
Carter complained that his requests and questions he poses to city hall fall on deaf ears. He pointed to an incident when he requested papers from the city but was initially denied.
Kepple said the current city has a double standard that bothers him.

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