Modesto voters can get answers to their questions from candidates running for mayor and City Council on Monday evening at two League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County forums.
The forums will be held in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St. The first one is 6 to 7 p.m. and will feature the five candidates for mayor: incumbent Garrad Marsh, Councilman Dave Lopez, architect and former Planning Commissioner Ted Brandvold, former Mayor Carmen Sabatino and Armando Arreola, who stated on his candidate questionnaire that he is unemployed and who garnered nearly 4.5 percent of the vote when he ran for mayor in 2011.
The second forum is 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature the eight candidates running for three council seats. Modesto elects its council members by district.
In District 1, incumbent John Gunderson is being challenged by property owner, almond farmer and Planning Commissioner Mani Grewal and P. Wexford’s Pub operations manager Ron Hurst. The district covers northwest Modesto.
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In District 3, Franklin & Downs Funeral Home managing partner Kristi Ah You, CPA and former Planning Commissioner Patricia Gillum, and hair salon owner and Christian marriage reconciliation pastor Joe Williams are running to succeed Dave Lopez. The district covers central Modesto.
In District 6, retired police Sgt. Doug Ridenour and insurance agency owner and broker Dave Wright are running to replace Dave Cogdill Jr., who is not running for re-election. The district covers northeast Modesto.
League of Women Voters officials will collect questions from the audience, which the candidates will answer. The questions have to be for all of the candidates. The candidates also will make opening and closing statements.
The election for mayor and the council is Nov. 3. City voters also will decide on Measure G, which is a one-half percent general sales tax increase, and Measure I, which would place an urban growth boundary around roughly three-quarters of Modesto.