The Contra Costa Council and the Bay Area Council, an association of primarily businesses, will host a forum on Aug. 7 for the Democratic and Republican candidates in the Sept. 1 special election to replace former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher.
The five Democrats and six Republicans who have filed for the seat have been invited to participate.
Under special election rules, the top vote-getter in each party will advance to the Nov. 3 special general election unless one candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote. In the event that a single candidate receives a plurality of the vote, he or she will win the seat outright. But given the large number of candidates in the field, it is unlikely that a winner will emerge in the special primary election.
The forum begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Dr. in Concord. Contra Costa Times political writer and columnist Lisa Vorderbrueggen will moderate.
The breakfast forum is open to the public. For reservations, call 925-246-1880 or download the registration form at www.contracostacouncil.com. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers.
Participating candidates will be encouraged to remain after the event to provide additional opportunity to speak with attendees.
Sponsors of the event include Chevron, AAA of No. California, Nevada and Utah, Safeway and The Mechanics Bank.
For a complete list of candidates on the Sept. 1 ballot, read on.
Joan Buchanan of Alamo
Assemblywoman, District 15
Web site: http://www.joanbuchanan.com/
Mark DeSaulnier of Concord
State Senator, District 7
John Garamendi of Walnut Grove
California Lieutenant Governor
Web site: http://www.garamendi.org/
Adriel Hampton of Dublin
San Francisco City Attorney’s Office investigator
Web site: http://www.adrielhampton.com/
Anthony Woods of Fairfield
Former economic analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton
Chris Bunch of Fairfield
Web site: http://www.bunch4congress.com
Gary Clift of Vacaville
Retired peace officer and manager for the California Department of Corrections
Web site: http://www.cliftforcongress.com/
David Harmer of Dougherty Valley
Former vice president and in-house counsel, Washington Mutual Bank
Web site: http://www.harmerforcongress.com/
Mark Loos of Livermore
Owner, PC Solutions
Web site: http://www.loosforchange.com/
David Peterson of Walnut Creek
Accountability system owner
Web site: http://www.davidpetersonforcongress.com
John Toth of Pleasant Hill
Web site: (it was not yet live as of today) http://www.johntothforcongress.com/
Jeremy Cloward of Pleasant Hill
College instructor, Diablo Valley Community College
Web site: http://www.jeremycloward.com/
PEACE AND FREEDOM
Mary McIlroy of El Cerrito
Former office worker
Jerome Denham of Walnut Creek
Web site: http://www.freedomcoalition.com