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[16:51] Gil T. Justice (havenguvnor) stood up at the front of the room, he hadn't done these debates before nor was he used to the bailiff not being present and saying gruffly, all rise, before he'd be given that respect before settling his gouty joints back into the seat. Waited and moved a fifty cent piece between his fingers. [16:52] Manny Moore (manny.ashland) pulled gently the tall doors of City Hall. Nodding to the NPC security and subjecting himself to a search. Mocing into the court room. Seeing noone there to his surprise. "Hello Sir. I am Manny Moore..Candidate." offering his hand to the shorter man. Along with a smile. [16:54] Alexia Rousseau (lydhia.shinn) walked in with Trey, greens sweeping the room and looking for a place to sit. She gave her husband a nod as she moved to take a seat in the first bench. Last time she’d been in this room it’d been for a very different reason. This reason was significantly better. [16:54] Dimitri 'Trey' Rousseau (joubert015): Entered the familiar court room which was going to hold the debate apparently and released Alex's hand from his. "Evenin' all." He greeted the Judge and Manny laconically, moving toward the podium and would look at the microphone, giving Alex a smirk as she nodded toward him. [16:57] Manny Moore (manny.ashland) making his way to the podium. He'd smile thinly to Dimitri. Offering him a hand out of respect. "Good luck." to him as he gave his hand a tap with his other. Shifting to his podium. Pulling his sleeves as he adjusted them. Nodding and smiling to those who came in. [16:57] Santa Ramona Valley Dice (add): : Dimitri 'Trey' Rousseau rolled a 24 [16:58] Dimitri 'Trey' Rousseau (joubert015): Turned to shake Manny's hand without a smile, "Good luck." He murmured, he didn't like the man's style of operating but he wasn't mad about it either. He'd take a coin and flip it, catching a heads. [16:59] Dimitri 'Trey' Rousseau (joubert015): "Yes I have, thank you sir." He nodded to Gil. T Justice as the man explained the rules. [17:01] Santa Ramona Valley Dice (add): : Manny Moore rolled a 9 [17:01] Daniel Greene (ripcord.grayman) quietly takes a seat in the back of the room with easy access to the exit. Though the election had caught his attention, actually coming to watch was a spur of the moment decision he'd rather be free to walk out of. He doesn't recognize anyone in here, and that's just fine. [17:03] Manny Moore (manny.ashland) nods to Gil and flips a tails. Nodding to himself as he accepted that. Looking on as he waited. [17:08] Gil T. Justice (havenguvnor) would wait for the audience to file in before beginning. "The debates are a time for the voters to get to know the candidates views on important issues around the valley. This is a time for the citizens to see how their candidates react and act quickly on their feet in front of an audience. We do ask the audience to not give reactions, no clapping, booing, no questions will be answered by the candidates right now, except for those questions which are to be asked by me, the moderator of this debate. If you cause a disruption, you will be asked to leave, if you do not leave then you will be escorted out." he said sternly, Gil wasn't as kind or welcoming or patient as Mr. Stone. We will begin this debate starting by a coin toss won at first turn by Mr. Rousseau, Mr. Moore will have a chance to give a rebuttal and then we will move to the next question. This is a timed debate which will end at.." he pulled up his sleeve. "7:15. Gentleman, we will begin by giving the public an introduction to you and your [17:08] Gil T. Justice (havenguvnor): campaign, starting with mr. Rousseau, followed by Mr. Moore, then we will get started on the topics. Mr. Rousseau, please start us off." [17:09] Ramona 'Razz' Langham (dondeestamigato) wandered into the room where the debates were happening after being told by the NPC guard at the door she was not allowed to continue with her lollipop. With a huff, she got rid of it, “Better be a good show then.” She grumbled as she went in, picking a random seat to take. What did she care who won? It wasn’t really her city yet. [17:09] Norma had a fresh bandage on her face, a bandage -which she hoped- would make a statement because the protest sign she had brought with her had to be left outside where the guard asked her to dispose of it if she was to enter the building where the debating area was taking place. She entered the court room in silence, a little in awe at the justice cogs that the court room was -where people like her were sentenced. She sat down, staring at Trey at the lecture stand with mixed emotions: she looked like a deer caught in the lights, and a snarling devil. She had to purse her lips to keep herself silent, specially after the justice had set the rules. [17:10] Jackson (randyalexander) presses his nose against the window and makes noseprint art, seeing all of the humans inside. He tilts his head, wondering how they could have a party without inviting the dog. Do they not realize that he's to be fed all of the scraps! [17:12] Chiara Villanova (bethann.causten) slipped in and joined Joe in an row. She was still smiling from seeing the doggy looking in the window. Security was still a breeze for her since she new all the guards by name. Of course she had been a good girl and left her weapon at home. She looked back and forth between the two, remembering her nerves being up there. It felt like lifetimes ago. [17:12] Alexia Rousseau (lydhia.shinn) had no idea Scotland had sat directly behind her or she might have been more nervous about the state of the back of her head. Once was plenty with Norma—granted, this time she didn’t have a bike. The blonde’s attention was up front and on the candidates instead as Gil laid out the rules. No whooping or booing and no disruptions. Surely everything would go swimmingly. Didn’t it always? [17:14] Dimitri 'Trey' Rousseau (joubert015): "My name is Dimitri Rousseau, I work as SRFD Chief and have been city alderman and City Manager for Santa Ramona. I also own a Construction company business an' supplies store. I live here with my family, as I have done fa years. I have a 100% approval rate over my proposals in city council, all of which were for the benefit of the city, some such as: A Contingency Plan and resources for the city and municipal departments where I worked to create a detailed plan an' map and list of resources for an emergency situation. As a city we have undergone earthquakes, flooding from Dam damage, fires. I also proposed successfully to repair tha Dam, requested and obtained Federal Grants of $50,000 fa Disaster Relief resources an' equipment. [17:14] Dimitri 'Trey' Rousseau (joubert015): I also would like ta boost local businesses wid my proposed Walk In Welcomes program, a program which would see local businesses voluntarily host a meet up that would welcome new an' old faces inta tha city, increasing their foot traffic an activity, showcasin they products an services an garnerin potential fa recruitment. This would also enhance community spirit, strengthenin it an introducin new faces ta old ones here. I would like ta introduce Rent Caps---a way ta reduce exploitative an exboritant rent prices an' I have an idea of where ta locate Public Housing, and would seek Federal Grant fundin fa such as I do believe in housin' fa tha poor an' vulnerable members of our community. As fa taxes---businesses can rest assured I would cut they taxes an' those who invest in a business or own properties here will not have ta pay higher taxes---along wid tha rest of tha city, but they will find they taxes reduced. Why? Because that is how a city can secure investment, employment and rent caps will keep high [17:14] Dimitri 'Trey' Rousseau (joubert015): pricing down an' on a moderate level. [17:17] Manny Moore (manny.ashland) nodding to Gil as he began his opening remarks. "My name is Manny Moore. Many of you dont know me as I am indeed a new arrival in our beautiful city. I am thrity two years old and early years were spent as a mechanic. I managed to save enough money to begin investing and ended up making a good fortune for myself and my family through those investments. I, wanted a new life, a new chapter if you will for myself. I decided to move to Santa Ramona." leaning against the podium now. "I now, want to serve others. Not myself any longer." Shifting back now. "I love our beautiful city. It has so much variety in what it offers. Though since my arrival, I have seen the peaceful community we love, begin to get a little npoisy. Crime has risen atl east since i came here. And the same struggles that are felt nationwide are felt here. Public housing, which I support, would be a priority in my administration and we would work on a zone in Southside to build one particular building. I am in this campaign to give others [17:17] Manny Moore (manny.ashland): a chance I had. To climb and build more for themselves. We can be a great robust city. And I hope i can convince you all of that vision tonight." ending his remarks as he turned to Gil. [17:20] Gil T. Justice (havenguvnor) "Thank you to both candidates for your introductions." he said pulling a card from his front pocket and squinting at the tiny writing of the secretary who'd prepared it for him. A rattling clearing of his throat and he pushed his glasses up the bridge of his nose before sniffing and starting with the question. "Gun violence has been a long standing problem in Santa Ramona Valley. As Mayor how will your address the crime and gun violence issue, what steps will you take to reduce these problems?" his beady eyes commenced to look at Trey as he was first, then manny could offer a rebuttal and his views. [17:20] Angelyna Russo (bittersting) ditched the car when it stalled out not far from city hall. She did a quick wipe down of the things she'd touched and left it on the sidewalk pretty much without harm, she was super nice after all. She came into the debate, looking at the two men up at the podiums and ready to hear what the hell they had to say about her home in Southside. She settled in the back, giving an upnod to anyone she knew or knew her. [17:23] Casey Addison (mrrickdeckard): a seemingly tipsy woman wanders in and takes the nearest seat. [17:24] Zoey Piers (anglenightwings) slipped into the back of the courtroom that the debate is at slurping a red slushy looking forwards. [17:25] Dimitri 'Trey' Rousseau (joubert015): He sniffed and squared his shoulders, looking out to Gil.T.Justice as he asked the question, then cast his gaze out toward the public. "I aim ta look at makin tha South side a livelier area, which tends in turn ta bring crime down---if you take fa example Times Square in Manhattan, it is because of increased activity, events, foot traffic that that has become a much safer area altogether. Foot traffic is importan' an' it increases eyes in tha streets----I would look at regular events bein' held in South side, quality events which will provide fun an entertainment fa tha community there an' fa tha city as a whole, ta integrate our communities together. Gun violence is an issue, I would say that we are anticipatin tha new po-leese department in South side openin up ta see if it helps but I would have an idea fa undercover buyers in po-leese in order ta crack down on illegal guns. This can be set up as long term investigative work, I have every faith in our SRSD an SRPD's ability. Work they can get they teeth [17:25] Dimitri 'Trey' Rousseau (joubert015): inta." [17:29] Norma glared at Trey as he spoke, trying to put him off his speech by distracting him, but the candidate had no heed for anything but his speech. She was disheartened that he would have so many nice things to say about himself and his work, and looked to the person sitting in front of her. Wasn't it the fallen girl? At least she seemed well, in one piece and all. She looked at the back of her head as she sat in front of Norma, trying to put together if this was indeed Trey's wife, looking alternatively between Trey and the back of Alexia's head until the other candidate started to speak to whom she smiled sweetly. She would continue to do so, glare at Trey when he spoke, and smile sweetly at Manny when his turn. [17:29] Manny Moore (manny.ashland) cups his fingers together as he begins his response. "Yes indeed, Gun violence has been a problem in our city. We both have experienced it just last night by the Boiler Room. It is a hard thing to go through for anybody. In recognizing the trauma it causes to others, we need to support our Sheriff's department. They deserve a Mayor's full confiendece and support in dealing with any crime on our streets. I would increase the amount of tools our Sheriff's department has to be able to stamp out both smuggled guns,. which is a reality in a state like ours that has strict gun control." pointing his finger to the ceiling. "And I would make getting a gun harder in our city. Banning anyway type of gun show or gun shop to open in the valley." nodding as he limited his answer for now. [17:30] Manny Moore (manny.ashland): *confidence [17:30] Jackson (randyalexander) licks the window from the outside, trying to clean his nose print marks. [17:32] Gil T. Justice (havenguvnor) his gout was starting to pain him so he waddled behind the desk and took a seat, he frowned seeing no gavel he could clack should things get out of order and would instead give them both a nod once he sat slowly, knees cracking in places they shouldn't crack before he settled. "Your rebuttal starting with Mr. Rousseau. Candidates, you may opt not to give a rebuttal, simply say so and we will move on." [17:33] Zoey Piers (anglenightwings) liked the sound of undercover police officers but in her eyes the Sheriff department can't find who shot the governor. Zoey didn't think more foot traffic would help but make more targets, slurps her drink more. [17:34] Allie Brentt (allestria.slade) walked in and stood off to the side. Just listening for now. She was late but had an appointment she had to tend to. [17:35] Chiara Villanova (bethann.causten) was biting her lip as the two candidates gave responses to the gun violence question. If this was how the evening was going to go she was going to need an ice compress before it was over. [17:35] Angelyna Russo (bittersting) came in with a mind to not like either candidate. She knew Trey, punched his wife once.. even if she got it back from her, but she also used to work with the pair and had no issues with them then. Now, the other guy, she didn't know shit about. He didn't know shit about this city and that made her real interested. She listened to Trey, not hating his ideas about the gun violence but when undercover buyers and guns came up, she tilted her head and gave him a sour look. Then again, she was used to that bullshit. And then that prick mother fucker opened his mouth. Angel sat up, "The hell you would!" she said loudly, being that she was the gun shop owner here. [17:38] Daniel Greene (ripcord.grayman) slowly and silently shuts his eyes and pinches the bridge of his nose when the woman sitting next to him starts shouting at the man on stage. [17:39] Zoey Piers (anglenightwings) blinks Hearing no gun shops which would stop licensed gun owners from buying guns"2nd amendment look it up"slurps her drink loudly. [17:39] Alexia Rousseau (lydhia.shinn) heard the shout from behind her and she glanced over her shoulder to see who’d done it, spotting Angel. Well, of course it was Angel. But at least she was bitching about something Manny said and not Trey. Greens moved to Norma then, seeing her in her peripheral and giving her a scowl before she turned back around. [17:40] Dimitri 'Trey' Rousseau (joubert015): Didn't seem put off by the Scottish woman who had run over his wife while caught on video surveillance. He cleared his throat, "Mr Moore has commented publicly aginst tha SRSD, claiming that they have, in his own words, no leadership there, that crime is a problem an' that they need a mo' effective po-leese force. But he does seem ta go back an forth a lot an I would say I have offered a concrete goal that may actually be within SRSD an SRPD means. Mr Moore says he'll increase tools, actually, bein' on tha council I know that tha highes' funded municipal departmen' is our SRSD an soon ta be SRPD. I would argue that it's not just tools but techniques. It takes mo' strategy an long term plannin' ta eliminate problems such as crime than 'tools'. A tool can be a weapon or an asset---but it really depends on tha individual an' good trainin', clear goals an' strategic practices make fa crime reduction in a coherent an' effective manner in my view. Y'all have tha legal rights ta own guns---we jus' have ta go after [17:40] Dimitri 'Trey' Rousseau (joubert015): those who shouldn't be entitled ta that right." [17:40] Gil T. Justice (havenguvnor) would snap his beady eyes to Angelyna, "This debate requires NO disruptions miss, one more and you will be escorted out as I have clearly stated." his voice boomed from his bent figure sitting at the moderator's desk and he glared in her direction. Giving a wave to one of the guards and pointing to Angel before mouthing 'watch her' he wasn't putting up with any of it. Hearing Trey's rebuttal he gives him a nod then looks to Manny to see what he would say back to him. [17:45] Manny Moore (manny.ashland) began to open his mouth only to clamp it shut as a woman began to shout in his direction and at his statement. Giving her a look briefly before turning to Trey. "Mr. Rousseau mentioned Times Square as an example. I am fron New