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Saturday, August 3 at 9 a.m. PDT

Presidential candidates will gather at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where they’ll face questions about their commitment to protecting public services and the working men and women who dedicate their lives to their communities. The forum is an AFSCME member event and will be moderated by HuffPost Washington bureau chief Amanda Terkel and Nevada Independent editor Jon Ralston.

America’s public service workers will make their voices heard in this election. Whether they’re responding to emergency calls, driving our children to school, caring for our most vulnerable, or doing any of the hundreds of jobs AFSCME members perform every day, people in public service deserve respect for their work and to have a voice on the job.

Questions for Candidates

If you’re an AFSCME member who would like to pose a question to the candidates participating in the forum, we’ve made it easy! Just click the button below to submit a recorded or written question.


AFSCME sent questionnaires to all announced presidential candidates in both major parties. The candidates below have returned the questionnaire and are participating in the 2020 Public Service Forum in Las Vegas:

Saturday, August 3, 2019

9 a.m. PDT

  • Amanda Terkel


    Amanda Terkel is the Washington Bureau Chief at HuffPost where she leads the site's political coverage, managing the newsroom and reporting out stories. Previously, Amanda served as Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress.org.

    She is a regular commentator on radio and TV, and she received the 2019 "Rising Star" journalist award from Washingtonian magazine. She is a graduate of Colgate University.

  • Jon Ralston


    Jon Ralston has covered Nevada politics for over 30 years and currently serves as editor of The Nevada Independent. He has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Reno Gazette-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun, in addition to running his own political blog, Ralston Reports. Ralston is also a contributing editor at Politico Magazine and regularly appears on MSNBC, Fox News and PBS.

  • Joe Biden

    Former Vice President and U.S. Senator, Delaware
  • Cory Booker

    U.S. Senator, New Jersey
  • Steve Bullock

    Governor, Montana
  • Pete Buttigieg

    Mayor, South Bend, Ind.
  • Julián Castro

    Former Housing Secretary, Texas
  • Bill de Blasio

    Mayor, New York
  • John Delaney

    Former U.S. Representative, Maryland
  • Tulsi Gabbard

    U.S. Representative, Hawaii
  • Kamala Harris

    U.S. Senator, California
  • Jay Inslee

    Governor, Washington
  • Amy Klobuchar

    U.S. Senator, Minnesota
  • Seth Moulton

    U.S. Representative, Massachusetts
  • Beto O’Rourke

    Former U.S. Representative, Texas
  • Tim Ryan

    U.S. Representative, Ohio
  • Bernie Sanders

    U.S. Senator, Vermont
  • Tom Steyer

    Business Leader & Philanthropist, California
  • Elizabeth Warren

    U.S. Senator, Massachusetts
  • Marianne Williamson

    Author and Activist

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