The six candidates seeking three Petaluma City Council seats on the November ballot agreed on much in their first side-by-side appearance Wednesday night, but showed stark differences on the controversial issue of development.
The forum was the first of at least three the candidates will engage in before an election that could tilt the balance of power on the council again. about 150 people attended the event at the Sheraton Petaluma, which was sponsored by the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce and the Petaluma Argus-Courier.
Candidates Alicia Kae Herries, Tiffany Ren? and Jason Davies are ideologically aligned with Mayor David Glass and Councilwoman Teresa Barrett, who tend to be more skeptical of development in Sonoma County's second-largest city.
Mike Healy and Kathy Miller, who are running as a slate, tend to agree with Councilmen Mike Harris and Chris Albertson, who share a more welcoming view of growth and large-scale development.
Gabe Kearney, initially viewed as a progressive, has voted with both contingents during his 18 months on the council.