"We are inviting the whole community to come help us celebrate democracy by learning more about the candidates in each of this year's biggest contested local races," said Jason Freeman, a Democratic Club member who's helping organize the event.
The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. with an informal gathering with refreshments where candidates and community members can meet and talk.
The forums will be divided into two sessions. The first session, beginning at 1 p.m., will include three races for board seats:
- AC Transit
The second session, beginning at 3:30 p.m., will feature school board candidates for the West Contra Costa Unified School District, where for two seats on the five-member board.
Also to be discussed in the second session are , one for extending the current parcel tax for academic programs and the other for a construction bond to rebuild or upgrade aging schools.
The four school board candidates include incumbent Antonio Medrano and three newcomers: retired principal Randall Enos, parent/school volunteer Todd Groves, and business man Robert Studdiford.
Members of Democratic Club will vote on endorsements following the forums in each session.
A separate forum will be held for the at the Democratic Club's Aug. 28 meeting at Zion Presbyterian Church, 545 Ashbury Ave., in El Cerrito. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., with the forum expected to begin about 7 p.m. Three candidates are running for the three open seats on the council.