Politicians hold public civility discussion on Whidbey

Just in time for campaign season, Whidbey nonprofit organization Civility First will host a discussion between two state politicians on how to maintain relationships despite political disagreements.

The moderated conversation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, June 10 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck, a Democrat, and state Sen. Ron Muzzall, a Republican, will discuss civility, politics, their parties and why they feel political conversations are often so difficult to have.

Civility First Executive Director Celia Schorr said the two politicians have been friends for years and maintain a positive relationship despite working on opposite sides of the aisle. She said that with the election season approaching, political rhetoric is already heating up.

“My sense is that people across the country are struggling with this,” she said. “People are really concerned about the effect this is having on their relationships.”

This discussion, moderated by retired communications manager and Camano Island resident Kenneth Harvey, will tackle how to maintain friendships while navigating treacherous political waters.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The Island County Democratic Party, the Island County Republican Party, the League of Women Voters, Whidbey Weekly, Skagit Valley College, the Voter Interests Project and the Republican Women of North Whidbey are all sponsors of this event.