With the June primary election less than two months away, community groups are planning to host a series of local candidate forums in the coming weeks to help voters decide who to support on their ballots.
The League of Women Voters of San Jose/Santa Clara is scheduled to host a candidate forum for the Santa Clara County sheriff's race from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Current Sheriff Laurie Smith plans to retire at the end of her term. Smith is embroiled in controversy, including a civil rights investigation by the state attorney general. Vying to replace her are Anh Colton, Sean Allen, Christine Nagaye, Kevin Jensen and Robert Jonsen.
Another virtual forum for the sheriff candidates is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California's Santa Clara Valley Chapter, Asian Law Alliance, Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet, Coalition for Justice and Accountability, Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Francisco Bay Area, La Raza Roundtable, the NAACP's San Jose/Silicon Valley chapter and Silicon Valley De-Bug. To register for the event, visit us02web.zoom.us.
The League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley is planning to run a candidate forum for the Santa Clara County district attorney's race a week later from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. Incumbent District Attorney Jeff Rosen is running against challengers Daniel Chung and Sajid Khan.
Stanford University's Criminal Justice Center and Criminal Law Society are also hosting a forum for the candidates running for district attorney. The in-person event is slated to run from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, May 2, in the CEMEX Auditorium at Stanford University, 655 Knight Way. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. More information and registration information can be found at law.stanford.edu.
The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto is hosting a forum for candidates running for the 16th Congressional District from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3. Incumbent Rep. Anna Eshoo is facing seven challengers: Rishi Kumar, Ajwang Rading, Greg Tanaka, Richard Fox, Peter Ohtaki, Benjamin Solomon and John Karl Fredrich.
The League of Women Voters of Los Altos/Mountain View will then hold a forum for Santa Clara County assessor candidates from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. In that race, incumbent Larry Stone is facing a challenge from Andrew Crockett.
Vote by mail ballots for the election will be mailed out starting the week of May 9, according to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. Residents have until May 23 to register to vote. For more information on registering to vote and different methods of submitting your ballot, visit sccvote.org.
For more information on all the League of Women Voters forums, including videos of the discussions, visit lwvpaloalto.org/candidate-forums.