Check out these upcoming political events in Contra Costa County:
Candidates for Martinez mayor and City Council will participate in an Oct. 5 breakfast forum sponsored by the Martinez Chamber of Commerce.
Mayoral candidates include incumbent Mayor Rob Schroder and challengers Michael Alford, Ed McGee and John Fitzgerald.
Council candidates seeking two open seats include incumbents Lara DeLaney and Michael Menesini, along with challengers Gay Gerlack, Scott Alstad and Kathi McLaughlin.
Contra Costa Times political editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen will moderate the free and public event, which begins at 7 a.m. at the Martinez Adult Education auditorium, 600 F St., Martinez.
Vorderbrueggen will ask the candidates questions on major town issues, and residents are invited to submit questions in advance to the chamber via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the event.
Allied Waste and Marty O’s will supply a continental breakfast.
For more information, visit www.martinezchamber.com or call 925-228-2345.
The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center seeks nominations for its annual peace and justice award.
Last year’s winners included Arne Westerback, Sheila Pedersen, Barbara and Ed Tonningsen, Louise Clark and Bob Hanson.
To be eligible, an individual or group must be based in Contra Costa County, address a local peace or social justice need, show evidence of long-term commitment and leads and motivate others to participate.
Download a nomination form at www.mtdpc.org. The deadline is Oct. 28.
Winners will be honored at the Give Peace a Dinner Dance on Nov. 13.
The gala features a full-course gourmet meal, raffle prizes and dancing to the Big Bang Beat.
Tickets are $60 for the public and $50 for m embers, and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or 925-933-7850.
Fred LaCosse, producer of dramatized talks with the nation’s Founding Fathers, is the featured speaker at the Oct. 20 dinner meeting of the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Federated.
The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Oakhurst Country Club 1001 Peacock Creek Road in Clayton.
The cost is $35. For reservations, contact Barbara Allen at 925-672-5061 or e-mail email@example.com.
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, is the featured speaker at the Oct. 1 luncheon of the Contra Costa Council.
DeSaulnier will offer an update on the California budget and other state matters.
The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Drive in Concord.
The cost is $35 for council members and $45 for others. Download the reservation and payment form by Sept. 28 at www.contracostacouncil.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 925-674-1654.
Kevin McGary, author of “Instanity!”, a book on communicating conservative values, is the featured speaker of the Oct. 7 evening meeting of the Blackhawk Republican Women.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive in Danville.
The cost is $25 and includes hors d’oeuvres and no-host cocktails.
To reserve a seat, send a check payable to Blackhawk Republican Women, Federated by Oct. 5 to Mrs. Wright, 2000 Victorine Road, Livermore, CA 94551-9400. For information, contact Wright at email@example.com or 925-828-0771.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, will lead an Oct. 2 rally and precinct walk of the West County Democrats.
The “Walk the Talk” event will start at 10 a.m. at the Democratic Party’s offices at 11760 San Pablo Ave., Suite A, in El Cerrito.
Volunteers will walk neighborhoods and deliver door hangers followed by a barbecue at the offices.
For more information, call 510-395-4823.