Rep. Jerry McNerney, the Pleasanton Democrat who has served two terms in Congress already, will be joined on the stage by David Harmer, a Republican who polls say is the main threat to wrest the seat away from the incumbent this fall. Also on stage will be David Christensen, who is running under the banner of the American Independent Party.
The forum, which is free to attend and hosted by the Tracy Press, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Monte Vista Middle School, 751 W. Lowell Ave.
Those attending will not be allowed to display signs during the forum. Also, electioneering or picketing on the school property is not allowed. However, the audience will be able to submit questions that will be posed to the candidates via a moderator.
Harmer goes into the forum ahead of McNerney by 6 points, according to a Survey USA poll of 624 likely voters. The poll was conducted earlier in October.
However, according to a Lake Research Partners poll of 500 likely voters from about three weeks earlier, McNerney enjoyed a 45 percent to 35 percent advantage over Harmer, with Christensen clocking in with 5 percent of the vote.
According to campaign finance filings, McNerney had $1.5 million cash on hand in his campaign war chest, while the Harmer campaign boasted more than $500,000 in cash on hand.
Both the Harmer and McNerney campaigns say the 11th District race is one of the most important in the nation and could determine which party — Republican or Democrat — controls Congress from 2011 to 2013.
The district encompasses much of San Joaquin County, as well as several cities over the hill, such as Livermore, Pleasanton and Morgan Hill.