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ALBANY Media attending a forum hosted by area clergy where Albany mayoral candidates were asked to share their platforms and positions on issues were asked to leave the event after church officials said that the event was not public.
The forum, which was held at First Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, was "not a debate; not a public forum," according to the Rev. Theodus Drake, who was the moderator and facilitator of the event.
After a brief statement, Drake asked any of the media present who intended on reporting on the event -- which included the Albany Herald and a reporter from another local newspaper -- to leave.
Other members of the public who were in attendance, including campaign staff and officials and some who were there merely to watch the event, were allowed to stay.
The media was not formally invited to the event, but received word from the various campaigns that the forum was to be held and that participation from the public was being solicited.