CD10: Candidate forum set for Oct. 26

The five candidates in the Nov. 3 special general election to replace former East Bay Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher will participate in an Oct. 26 public forum at Saint Mary’s College.

In addition to the college, the event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley and the Contra Costa Times.

Tauscher was confirmed in June as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security in the U.S. State Department.

The candidates include Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, Democrat; David Harmer, Republican; Mary McIlroy, Peace and Freedom; Jeremy Cloward, Green Party; and Jerry Denham, American Independent.
The bulk of the 10th Congressional District is in Contra Costa County, with smaller segments in Solano, Alameda and Sacramento counties.

The bulk of the 10th Congressional District is in Contra Costa County, with smaller segments in Solano, Alameda and Sacramento counties. (Click here for a map of the district.)

I will moderate the forum and pose questions to the candidates submitted by members of the audience.

The free forum will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Soda Activity Center at Saint Mary’s College of California, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. (Click here for driving directions to the college.)

A video of the forum will also be made available at www.contracostatimes.com and air on local public access television stations.

CCTV will air the candidates’  forum on Oct. 30, 8 p.m.; Oct. 31, 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., and Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    I think we can fit all candidates on the stage at once this time. Please have someone tape your name on the lectern, so I won’t have to pick it up, Lisa. Your face looks far better than my balding back of my head. Obvious questions are about Health Care Reform, Cap and Trade, and Afghanistan. There are a few other things on the ballot this time, so voter turnout should be better in those areas.

  • Policy Questions: The Republican Party has been saying for decades that they want to cut spending and have done the opposite, Why should they be believed now?

    How is it that a party that has massively increased the Deceit under the Bush years with nothing to show for it, to be trusted as fiscally responsible?

    Question the idea of Vouchers as the first step to eliminate Public Education, (see Harmer’s Cato Inst. Report or
    Harmer’s previous position to eliminate the Departments of Education, Energy and HUD

  • C. T. Weber

    I hope the candidates talk about the Top Two Open Primary proposition on the June 2010 primary ballot. Voters will have fewer candidates on their November ballots starting in 2012 if this passes. The Peace and Freedom Party will be eliminated from the California ballot because it will not be on general election ballots and that is where one of their statewide candidates must get between 150,000 and a quarter million votes. If you are not on the ballot you can’t get the votes.

  • Unfortunately for the Peace and Freedom Party, they have put forward a phony Irish nationalist candidate, Mary McIlroy. McIlroy took part in the aborted take over attempt of the Peace and Freedom Party in 1988 by the Trotskyite Internationalist Workers Party led by Carlos Petroni, aka Leon Perez, Nicolas Cruz….
    Two of McIlroy’s cohorts in that scheme ended up in jail – Peter Urban, aka Peter Eric Lorentzen and Eugene Albert Pepi. They were convicted in San Mateo County in 1989. McIlroy has never apologized to Peace and Freedom Party for her role in that plot. This time vote Green Party to oppose the out of the district Democrat John Garamendi.

  • Elwood

    I like the green party, but the pink and the purple are nice too.