Meet the Candidates Statements Ready to View - DMA Election Programming 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 6:00pm

Davis Media Access (DMA) has completed videoing 26 candidate and campaign statements for local elections.  DMA is the only nonprofit community media and technology center serving Yolo County, and has provided free local election coverage to candidates from school board through Congress as part of our mission for more than 30 years. Diane Dedoshka, DMA’s Studio Manager and election producer, noted how different this year is from all other years. “During COVID, we don’t have access to our TV studio, teleprompter, etc. We’ve had to figure out how to do what we do, remotely.” DMA produced “Meet the Candidate” statements, as well as pro/con statements for local ballot Measure B. Normally, candidates face the camera directly and read their prepared statement from a teleprompter, or speak extemporaneously. This year, DMA’s Executive Director, Autumn Labbe-Renault, conducted 5-minute time-capped interviews, asking each candidate for an office the same three questions.  Recording took place in late September and early October. A block of election statements will run each morning and evening through Oct. 27. Additional programming will include Zoom forums organized and recorded by groups such as the League of Women Voters Davis Area, and the Yolo Committee for Diverse and Inclusive Elections. DMA is also planning a live, election night program for the Nov. 3 election. The show will air from 8-11 pm and highlight many local candidates.