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Forest Grove candidate forum set for Oct. 23

Chamber, university and newspaper team up for evening event

If you were wondering who those nine people are running for the Forest Grove City Council, you’ll be able to get some answers on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Pacific University.

The fun starts at 5 p.m, when members of the News-Times editorial board will grill candidates running for city council and mayor. After a short break, candidates will reconvene at 6:30 to field queries from a community panel and then, at 7:30, members of the audience get their chance to ask questions in a session moderated political science professor Jim Moore, director of Pacific’s Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation.

All of the sessions will take place in Taylor Auditorium, located on the second floor of Marsh Hall on the Forest Grove campus.

Mayoral candidates are incumbent mayor Pete Truax and challenger Tim Marble. Candidates for the three council posts are two incumbents, Tom Johnston and Ron Thompson, and Tom Beck, Aldie Howard, Alexander LaFollett, Nathan Seable and Malynda Wenzl.

Organizers hope to wrap up the questions by 8:45 p.m. and have encouraged the candidates to stick around until 9 p.m. to meet with audience members.

The event is sponsored by the the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce, the McCall Center and the News-Times.

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