The Tracy Press will sponsor two local candidate forums this week.
A City Council candidate forum will take place at 7 p.m. today, and a mayoral candidate forum will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, both at Monte Vista Middle School, 751 W. Lowell Ave.
The format for both forums will be the same. Each candidate will have five minutes for an opening statement and will then field questions from the audience chosen by a panel of four people from the Tracy community. Audience members are invited to write questions on index cards, which will be given to panelists.
The five council candidates — incumbent Councilwoman Irene Sundberg, incumbent Councilman Steve Abercrombie, community activist Larry Gamino, home inspector Larry Hite and retired police Capt. Mike Maciel — all said they would attend.
Each mayoral candidate — community activist Celeste Garamendi, Mayor Brent Ives and Councilwoman Evelyn Tolbert — also said they would attend.