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permitted to answer only "yes" or "no" to 16 questions.

subject for debate.

Do you want to know, for instance, whether the leader of the city favors same sex marriage? It's not an issue the council would likely ever vote on, but the mayor is often the spokesperson for the town.

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She didn't really say "yes" or "no" to the question of whether the city should allow dispensaries.

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So, as prickly as the whole thing made many of the candidates and some in the public feel, we decided to go with the hard "yes" or "no" answers to the 16 questions at the forum. No wiggle room. Take a position.

Do you want to hear "yes" or "no"? Or would you like to hear the candidate describe the pros and cons of retaining the current city manager and then try to discern how that candidate might vote when the time actually comes?

On the question of whether the city should allow medical marijuana dispensaries, she said she was trying to register her opposition to viewing medical marijuana as a "tax windfall."

On Monday, when the question of medical marijuana dispensaries came up, Silver began with a wrenching anecdote about how she wished she could have offered medical marijuana to her dying mother. But she followed up by saying the issue made her "feel icky" and she worries about Reno becoming "bong central of the world."

"Ignoring the context of discussion around the question is not something I do, nor something I think a Reno mayor should," she tweeted.

We attempted to strike that balance by giving the candidates each two solid minutes to talk about whatever they wanted, one at the beginning and one at the end. On three pressing issues facing the city the firefighter layoffs, debt and plight of the homeless we gave each candidate 30 seconds to answer. And in four lightning round questions, each candidate was Converse All Star Lo Platform Sneaker White

Basically, Silver was responding to what other candidates were saying about medical marijuana and not the actual question on Tuesday.

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There's absolutely something to be said for understanding how a candidate forms an opinion and comes to a decision. No reporter and no voter can ask every single issue question in advance, so Converse All Star High Tops Boots there's value in knowing how the potential mayor would approach a difficult question.

On the Southeast Connector, Silver began by saying she sees all sides of the issue the environmental impacts, the job creation potential, the fact it's already a third done. But she didn't say "yes" or "no" to the question posed by an audience member of whether she would halt the project if she could.

Getting candidates to take a position

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In a perfect world, perhaps each voter would have a chance to spend an hour with each candidate to talk about whatever is most important to them. Instead, candidates and voters and reporters for that matter have a limited amount of time to convey and receive information.

Here's one of the dilemmas: if you've got 90 minutes to ask the candidates questions, do you give them each a solid block of time to answer one or two questions? Or do you limit the answer time so you can gauge their views on a larger number of issues?

On Tuesday, Silver did not raise her hand when asked whether the city should allow dispensaries. She also did not raise her hand when asked if she supports the Southeast Connector.

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But the next day on Twitter, she dialed it back. She said she misunderstood the Southeast Connector question, thinking that the moderator had asked whether she would stop the project, not whether she supports it.

An interesting dynamic developed.

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What about whether the mayor would use his or her vote on the council to retain the current city manager, who is the chief executive of the city, crafts the budget and is largely responsible for the day to day operations of the city?

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Take Idora Silver, for instance. Silver is a business consultant who helps organizations develop strategic plans for accomplishing specific goals. As the facilitator, she helps spark and conduct a conversation that leads to a consensus s he doesn't take a position on the issue at hand.

"I am not against medical marijuana," she wrote. "I object to balancing (the) budget on (the) backs of the sick."

Silver appears to be trying to apply that same strategy to the mayoral campaign facilitate a conversation, but don't take a side.

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that wound up in the lightning round Tuesday night.

By contrast, the candidates participated in a forum on Monday night during which they were given a little more time to voice an answer to two of the issues Converse All Star Hi Top Sale

"I am not anti SEC," she wrote.

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