The League of Women Voters of Curry County will host its candidate forum for those vying for a seat in local and state elections Nov. 6 general election.
Forums will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Chetco Community Public Library in Brookings, Oct. 2 at Gold Beach City Hall and Oct. 4 at Port Orford City Hall.
State and county candidates will appear at all three forums, and city council candidates will attend the forums in the city in which they hope to secure a seat.
County representatives include Chris Paasch and Jeri Lynn Thompson, who are vying for outgoing Commissioner Tom Huxley’s seat.
State Representative candidates for District 1 include incumbent David Brock Smith, R-Port Orford, and Eldon Rollins, D-Coquille. State Senate District 1 candidates are Shannon Souza, D-Allegany and Dallas Heard, R-Winston.
Brookings has a plethora of citizens running for three seats. Incumbent Mayor Jake Pieper hopes to retain his seat against Teresa Lawson, while Carla Gottlieb, John McKinney and Dane Tippman are vying for Council Seat No. 3, and incumbent Ron Hedenskog is taking on incumbent Dennis Triglia for the No. 4 seat.
In Gold Beach, Summer Matteson and Bernice Torrez are going head-to-head for the No. 1 council seat; incumbent Becky Campbell is vying to keep her No. 3 position against Anthony Pagano; and Amy Gaddis-Parker is challenging incumbent Tamie Kaufman for the No. 5 spot.
The city of Port Orford, whose system puts the candidates with the most overall votes into the available seats, has Dorene Ames, Milton Finch, James Garratt, Jim Kuhn, Carolyn Sue LaRoche, Greg Tidey and Travis Williams running for three empty positions.
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences the public through education and advocacy.
The local league has been holding candidate forums for more than 30 years.