Assembly candidate forum is Sunday

San Ramon mayor/council debate follows Sept. 24 and the Pleasanton Weekly will co-host the first of its four candidate forums this weekend, a public discussion of issues between incumbent Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and challenger Rebecca Bauer-Kahan at Congregation Beth Emek on Sunday evening.

Then the next night, the four candidates for Pleasanton City Council are set to gather for a forum in the council chambers. The remaining forums will be held Thursday for Livermore mayor and council, and Sept. 24 for San Ramon mayor and council.

"Local elections provide an important opportunity for public debate of issues on the minds of many people in the community, and we're proud to once again help residents hear directly from candidates through forums that are open to all," said Gina Channell, president and publisher of the Pleasanton Weekly and

Channell will co-moderate each forum with editor Jeremy Walsh. Residents can offer their ideas for candidate questions by filling out an index card at each forum or by emailing

The first forum will feature second-term Republican Baker and Democratic challenger Bauer-Kahan, an attorney and political newcomer from Orinda.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. Sunday, and the forum will run from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court in Pleasanton.

On Monday night, the four candidates for two contested Pleasanton City Council seats will debate a range of issues vital to the city government during a forum at the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

Scheduled to attend are incumbent Councilwoman Kathy Narum and challengers Joseph Ledoux, Joe Streng and Julie Testa. Doors open at 6 p.m.; event runs from 6:30-8 p.m. The forum will be aired live on Tri-Valley Community Television, and a recorded version will be broadcast on future dates.

For the first time, the Weekly is partnering to host a Livermore city election forum, which will take place Thursday night at the Livermore High School Theater at 600 Maple St. in Livermore.

The event is also sponsored by the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Livermore Indivisible is a forum partner.

Scheduled to attend are Mayor John Marchand and challenger Josh Laine, and Livermore Councilman Bob Woerner and challengers Patricia Munro, Neal Pann and Brent (Alan) Siler. Another candidate who is on the ballot, local attorney Rosmary Bartsch, is not attending after announcing she has dropped out of the race.

Doors will open at 6 p.m.; mayoral candidates speak from 6:30-7:10 p.m. and council from 7:20-8:45 p.m.

The fourth and final forum will focus on the San Ramon city elections, an evening of public discourse co-sponsored by San Ramon Chamber of Commerce and, with AAUW San Ramon serving as a partner.

Set to take part in the Sept. 24 forum are Mayor Bill Clarkson and challenger Sanat Sethy, and Councilman Dave Hudson and challengers Aparna Madireddi, Sridhar Verose and Sabina Zafar.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; mayoral candidates speak from 6:30-7:10 p.m. and council from 7:20-8:45 p.m. The forum will be held at Bishop Ranch Roundhouse, 2600 Camino Ramon in San Ramon.

-- Pleasanton Weekly staff

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5 people like this
Posted by Mike
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm

I certainly hope there will be adequate security to safeguard these candidates from crazed knife wielding haters; as we experienced recently at a nearby event where such an incident took place. Seems like unless a political candidate is an established Democrat Liberal, he or she run the risk of being bullied, harassed, threatened, or worse. It's a shame that our society evolved into this.

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