Election 2022: Watch the Irvine Watchdog Candidate Forum

Candidate forum

On September 29, 2022, Irvine Watchdog hosted our Candidate Forum for City of Irvine Mayor and City Council candidates. In this year’s election, five candidates are running for Mayor and six for City Council.

Please note. All candidates were invited to the Candidate Forum and given 30 days advance notice of the date and time. Mayor Farrah Kahn, John Park, and Councilmember Anthony Kuo declined, citing scheduling conflicts. Simon Moon did not respond to multiple requests to participate. In the end, seven of the eleven candidates on the ballot attended to answer your questions.

Questions Asked

All of the questions asked of the candidates were submitted to Irvine Watchdog by local residents. Thank you to everyone who responded to our request for questions! These questions were held in strict confidence, and only our Board of Directors and the Moderator saw the selected questions before the forum.

The overwhelming response to our requests for questions meant we had to select only the number of questions that the forum time permitted. These included questions on the following issues:

  • Quality of life in Irvine
  • District elections and expanding the city council
  • Great Park development
  • Development and traffic concerns
  • All American Asphalt pollution
  • Affordable housing
  • Climate action

2022 Candidates

Here is a list of all ballot-qualified candidates in the 2022 City of Irvine election and links to their campaign websites.

The candidates for Mayor are:

The candidates for City Council are:

Thank You!

Thank you to all the community members, Irvine Watchdog volunteers, and our Moderator, Dr. Richard Matthew, for helping make this year’s forum a huge success. Hosting an event like this takes time, planning, and coordinated effort. Irvine Watchdog is pleased to provide this forum as a public service to our community.

Thank you to the candidates that took time out of their busy campaign schedules to attend this event to share their thoughts on some of the critical issues facing Irvine and their vision for our city.

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