Irvine Watchdog Candidate Forum: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Election 2022

Watch the Candidate Forum live on YouTube at: at 7:00 pm.

Irvine Watchdog will host its third candidate forum this Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 7:00 pm. The forum will be recorded and made available on  All the questions that will be asked of the candidates were questions submitted by Irvine residents. Thank you to everyone who responded to our request for questions! The overwhelming response meant we had to select only the number of questions that the forum time permits. These questions were held in strict confidence, and only our Board of Directors and the Moderator have seen the selected questions.

All ballot-qualified candidates were invited to attend our forum and given 30 days’ advance notice of the date and time. Candidates Farrah Khan, Anthony Kuo, and John Park declined our invitation citing scheduling conflicts. Candidate Simon Moon did not respond to multiple invitations over several weeks.  Candidates who have committed to participate are:

  • Councilmember Larry Agran
  • Dr. Kathleen Treseder
  • Branda Lin
  • Scott Hansen
  • Navid Sadigh
  • Kathrine Daigle
  • Tom Chomyn

As usual, Irvine Watchdog will publish one or more follow-up articles, including the video and the candidate’s responses to your questions. In addition, we have requested one-on-one interviews with every candidate, including those running for Irvine Unified School Board (IUSD), and will provide that information in coming weeks.

About Our Moderator

UC Irvine’s esteemed Richard Matthew (Ph.D. Princeton) is a Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California at Irvine and Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation. His research covers three areas: developing high-resolution flood risk models, examining links among environmental change, violent conflict, public health, and migration, and developing solutions to human trafficking. Over the past twenty-five years, he has done extensive fieldwork in conflict and disaster zones in Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Eswatini, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. He has served on UN humanitarian and peacebuilding missions in the Dominican Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone.