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Monday's Los Altos Candidates Forum to feature five residents running for council

Eight local civic groups are slated to co-host a public Candidates Forum 7-9 p.m. Monday at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

The forum will feature the five candidates running for two open seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 6 election.

According to organizers, the forum is scheduled early in the election cycle because more than 80 percent of voters in Santa Clara County voted by absentee ballot in 2016, and many Los Altos voters will submit their ballots before Election Day.

To identify issues of greatest concern to voters, forum sponsors launched an online poll so that local residents can submit and prioritize questions to be asked of the candidates. To submit a question, visit tinyurl.com/2018CandidatesQs.

The event will be videotaped and posted on several websites for those who cannot attend in person, including at losaltoscommunitycoalition.org.

“We know residents are busy with their families, work and traveling, and yet they feel a real responsibility to get up to speed on local issues,” said Marie Young, Forum co-coordinator. “That meant the co-sponsors needed to get started early with questions and find an easy and effective way for residents to view the forum.”

Typically, each candidate at a forum can address only 10-12 questions, leaving many topics and opinions unexplored. Through a broad array of approaches, the Los Altos candidates will respond to more than 25 questions.

“Previous Candidates Forums have been both highly informative and fun,” said longtime Los Altos resident Mike Abrams.

Another first this year will be an additional person at the Editor’s Table. A representative from the Los Altos High School newspaper, The Talon, will be on stage with Town Crier Editor-in-Chief Bruce Barton and Palo Alto Daily Post Editor David Price.

Co-sponsors of this year’s Candidates Forum include the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence, the Los Altos Community Coalition, Los Altos Community Foundation, Los Altos Forward, the Los Altos-Mountain View Area American Association of University Women, the Los Altos Women’s Caucus, GreenTown Los Altos and the Our Next Library Committee.

Los Altos Forward, a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting vibrancy in downtown Los Altos, is a program of Los Altos Community Foundation.

For more information visit losaltosforward.org.

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