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Your Candidates Forum Friday Night

Puzzling over your June 5 ballot? State Senate and Assembly candidates for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills will be on hand to answer questions from the audience and the surrounding cities at Cupertino Community Hall.

A forum for State Senate and Assembly candidates gives voters in Los Altos and surrounding areas an opportunity to directly ask questions of the candidates in a Friday night forum at Cupertino Community Hall.

This event, which will be livecast online, will focus on education and education funding issues and is the first to take into account the “top-two” open primaries format along with the newly redistricted Assembly and Senate seats.

It starts with a reception at 6:30 p.m., and the forum 7 to 9:30 p.m.

As a result of redistricting, Los Altos falls in Assembly District 24 and Senate District 13. (Redrawn districts can be found at HealthyCity.org.)

The districts represented also include Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, and parts of San Jose. Senate districts represented at the forum cover most of Santa Clara County except for portions of South County as well as areas to the east.

Candidates State Senate District 13, of which Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are a part, include former state Assembly member Sally J. Lieber, Assembly member for District 19 Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), Christopher Kent Chiang, and John H. Webster.

Candidates for State Assembly District 24, which represents Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents, include Geby E. Espinosa, Joseph Antonelli Rosas, incumbent Richard S. Gordon, and Chengzhi "George" Yang will also be at the forum.

State Assembly District 28 candidates include incumbent Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Palo Alto) who represents currently drawn District 22, and Los Gatos resident Chad Walsh.

Senate district candidates who will be at the forum include Jim Beall, current Assemblymember representing District 24, and Joe Coto, a former State Assemblymember.

Cupertino City Councilman Rod Sinks will moderate the event that begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception followed by an introduction by League of Women Voters, then a education funding overview by Polly Bove, superintendent of Fremont Union High School District.

Candidates for Assembly Districts 24 and 28 will be given time for opening statements, question and answer period, and closing statements from 7:15 to 8:15.

From 8:20 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. State Senate Districts 13 and 15 candidates will be allowed time for opening statements, question and answer period, and closing statements.

The event will be recorded and televised on Los Altos City Channel. For detailed schedule and election related information visit http://myvoteourfuture.org/.

Co-sponsors of the forum include Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, De Anza College and Institute of Civic and Community Engagement, League of Women Voters: Cupertino-Sunnyvale, Los Altos-Mountain View Area, Parents for Great Education, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Sunnyvale School District, and My Vote Our Future.

Cupertino Community Hall is located at 10350 Torre Ave. 

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