We have been asked why we haven't included every person who has announced their candidacy in this race. We want to address that, as it is a fair question. We decided to host this event to give our members, members of other progressive groups, and the public a chance to engage with progressive candidates. It is before the filing deadline, therefore was never intended to be an event that presented every single candidate to the public. It is also not a debate- rather it is a deep-dive conversation about issues that are relevant to our members. We wanted to offer a space for members to get engaged and invested in the local political process before the campaigns went into full swing. It was our decision that we wanted fewer candidates, and more time to hear from each, rather than more candidates, less time. We also selected candidates who we believed share our progressive values. We were in touch with candidates from two other campaigns that we are definitely going to follow. We wish them the best, think they have some great ideas, and can't wait to see what they do. If we host additional forums before the election, they will be included in those if our members would like to hear from them.The forum will begin at 10:30 a.m. June 17 and is open to the public with first-come, first-serve seating. WHIV-FM, the community radio station, will broadcast the event.