As the moderator of the Junior Statesmen's mayoral forum, I was disturbed to see how the forum was characterized in your article (March 21). The students who attended saw the event as a great success. Eight mayoral candidates spent their afternoon speaking to 150 high school students, mostly nonvoters, addressing youth concerns. The absence of Michael Woo and Richard Riordan, while unfortunate, didn't take away from the educational value of the event.
The Times characterized the students' 41% vote for "fringe candidate" Ted Hayes as just a way of getting back at the candidates who didn't attend. In fact, Hayes would probably have been the favorite even if Woo and Riodan had been there, since he was considered by many to be the most sincere, direct and honest of the candidates.