The Local America Presidential Forum, welcomed to Waterloo by Mayor Quentin Hart, was hosted by Accelerator for America and the United States Conference of Mayors, and was sponsored by Iowa Starting Line and Mediacom.
The forum connected the wide-ranging federal issues on debate stages to the local implementation and impacts mayors and voters see and feel directly in their communities. Mayors are on the front lines of serving voters, and the discussion with candidates focused on how federal policies will drive local economies in hometowns across America.
The Democratic presidential candidates who attended include: Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Secretary Julian Castro, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and businessman Tom Steyer.
Others in attendance include: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Louisville, Kentucky Mayor Greg Fischer; Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and City Clerk Anna Valencia; Lansing, Michigan, Mayor Andy Schor; Salt Lake County, Utah, Mayor Jenny Wilson, and Hartford, Connecticut, Mayor Luke Bronin.
Here is the lineup for interview pairings:
- Senator Amy Klobuchar Interviewed by Mayor Quentin Hart, Waterloo, IA
- Secretary Julián Castro Interviewed by Mayor Andy Schor, Lansing, MI
- Senator Cory Booker Interviewed by Mayor Bob Scott, Sioux City, IA
- Businessman Tom Steyer Interviewed by Mayor Quinton Lucas, Kansas City, MO
- Mayor Pete Buttigieg Interviewed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago IL
By Team Starting Line