CPO 12F is holding the candidate forum at the Forest Grove Community Auditorium this Wednesday, Oct. 24.

For Forest Grove residents looking to better get to know the men and women running for seats on their City Council, the downtown auditorium will be the place to be this Wednesday evening.

Five candidates for councilor and the incumbent mayor have been invited to speak at a candidate forum being put on by CPO 12F, one of Washington County's designated Community Participation Organizations, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Three incumbent city councilors are all seeking re-election this fall. Three challengers filed for the race as well, although one of them, Karen Reynolds, ended her campaign weeks ago for family health reasons.

The active candidates in the race are Councilors Tom Johnston, Ron Thompson and Malynda Wenzl; marketing consultant Devon Downeysmith; and high school senior Solomon Clapshaw. Johnston and Thompson are retired — the former was a police officer, and the latter had a varied career that included stints as a firefighter, forester and city planner — while Wenzl is a teacher at Neil Armstrong Middle School.

Mayor Pete Truax is running unopposed for re-election. He has also been invited to participate in Wednesday's forum.

CPO 12F was inactive for about 17 years prior to being restarted earlier this year. The group is one of several CPOs across Washington County that meet regularly and provide input to the county government from residents and business-owners in different parts of the county, especially in more rural areas.

The event will be held at the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, located at 1915 Main St. in downtown Forest Grove.

Members of the community are invited to come with their own questions for the candidates.

Neighboring Cornelius just held a candidate forum last Tuesday, Oct. 16, that gave city voters a chance to hear from the three candidates for Cornelius City Council in their first joint public appearance of the campaign.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Ballots were mailed out to registered voters in Oregon last week.

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