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Each election year, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce hosts Legislative Candidate Forums.  For the 2020 Election, the Ashland Chamber recorded Legislative Forums for the following positions: Oregon State Representative (District 5), Jackson County Commissioner (Position 2),  Ashland Mayor, Ashland City Council (Positions 1, 3 and 5) and Ashland Parks & Recreation Commissioners (Position 2).

Questions for the Forums were created by the Chamber's Executive Committee and were sent to the candidates in advance. The forums were moderated on Zoom by Ashland Chamber Board Vice President and Legislative Chair, Gary Blake and Ashland Chamber Past President, Mary Gardiner.  

The forums will broadcast on the following media outlets throughout the month of October until Election Day - November 3rd, 2020:

Online: WATCH by scrolling down to each Forum below on this page  

TV: View on the following television stations where the forums will be aired twice per week:  

  • RVTV Prime (Ashland TV channel 9, Charter channel 180) Click here for schedule 

  • RVTV Civic (Ashland TV channel 14, Charter channel 181) Click here for schedule    

  • RVTV Voices (Ashland TV channel 15, Charter channel 182) Click here for schedule  

NOTE: This programming schedule is subject to change by the RVTV Studios.  Schedules may be altered if LIVE government programs are previously scheduled.  Please continue to check your local listings for the most current program schedule.

The Ashland Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative mission is to provide an opportunity for our members and the greater community to learn about candidates for office and issues. Unlike traditional Chamber models, the Ashland Chamber chooses not to have a Political Action Committee that supports candidates for office. Additionally, we do not participate in the political actions of the US Chamber of Commerce in regard to candidates and issues as we choose to not be members given their current political emphasis.

The Ashland Chamber works to improve the economy and enhance the quality of life with many engaging and dynamic programs as well as serving as the welcome center for our city, meeting with visitors, prospective residents and inquiring businesses to assist in their development. Travel Ashland is the officially designated Destination Marketing Organization for Ashland that operates through an annual grant from the City of Ashland to promote tourism. As the lead economic development agency working closely with the City, the Chamber develops and creates research and analysis of our economy leading to program development of educational workshops, conferences, publications and videos. Currently, the Chamber is establishing a local shopping website to support Ashland retailers, a visitor profile of our new markets for a rebrand and an economic development strategy to diversify the economy. With the impacts from COVID-19 and the most recent devastating fires and smoke, we asked the candidates to take that into account as they answer the questions.  The Chamber continues to advocate for business support and shares resources on a regular and timely basis.

Over 600 businesses and organizations are members of the Chamber representing thousands of employees and jobs and hundreds of community volunteers who are engaged citizens helping to make our community better every day. We believe in collaboration and effective relationships which are more important now than ever before.  

The Ashland Chamber is a private, non-profit mutual benefit association.  We required that the candidates refrain from and sign a consent form to prohibit any form of speech that includes profanity, obscenity, hate, racism, or vulgarity or that is insulting or offensive to any ethnic, religious, political or other identifiable group or individual, as determined by the forum moderator.

2020 Fall Legislative Forums:


 Oregon State Representative District 5 

Candidate: Rep. Pam Marsh
Moderators: Gary Blake and Mary Gardiner  

Watch Oregon State Representative District 5: Click here to watch


Jackson County Commissioner Position #2

Candidates: Dave Dotterrer and Terrie Martin
Moderators: Gary Blake and Mary Gardiner

WATCH Jackson County Commissioner Position #2: Click here to watch


Ashland Mayor

Candidates: Tonya Graham and Julie Akins
Moderators: Gary Blake and Mary Gardiner 

WATCH Ashland Mayor: Click here to watch


Ashland City Council Position #1​

Candidates: Paula Hyatt and Andrew Card
Moderators: Gary Blake and Mary Gardiner

WATCH Ashland City Council Position #1: Click here to watch


Ashland City Council #3​

Candidates:  Julian Bell, Kelly Marcotulli, Shaun Moran and Gerardo Padilla
Moderators: Gary Blake and Mary Gardiner

WATCH Ashland City Council #3: Click here to watch


Ashland City Council Position #5​

Candidates: Gina DuQuenne and Jessica Kensinger
Moderators: Gary Blake and Mary Gardiner

WATCH Ashland City Council Position #5: Click here to watch


Ashland Parks Commissioner Position #2​

 Candidates: Nick David and Jim Lewis
Moderators: Gary Blake and Mary Gardiner  

WATCH Ashland Parks Commissioner Position #2: Click here to watch


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