| ALCO SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 2 |
|Supervisor Richard Valle speaks to voters Nov. 3 outside Paddy's coffee house in Union City. PHOTO/MATT SANTOS msantosphotographer.com|
According to organizers, the short forum was meant to offer each candidate a three-minute introduction and opportunity for voters to chat one-on-one with candidates, but Hayashi cancelled at the last minute leaving just a campaign staffer in the audience and explanation other than a vague, “something just came up.”
The abrupt cancellation, however, led some at the packed coffee shop known for its involvement in local politics to believe the presence of television cameras scared Hayashi away. Some observers standing outside the coffee house described what they believed was the campaign staffer communicating via cell phone with Hayashi and speaking in the direction of cars parked down Smith Street.
The concern over being asked about her shoplifting conviction by the NBC11 reporters on camera would obviously be great for Hayashi, who has been able to both duck the question while being the beneficiary of her opponent’s position against using the incident against her in a forceful manner.