PIEDMONT -- The candidates for Piedmont Unified school board and the City Council will offer their views on local issues and concerns at the League of Women Voters of Piedmont forum Thursday.

Three candidates are running for the two four-year seats being vacated by trustees Roy Tolles and Ray Gadbois, who are termed out. The candidates are Amal Smith, Hari Titan and Doug Ireland. The three come from diverse backgrounds and experience, but all said they are committed to the educational excellence of Piedmont's schools.

There are three candidates running for three open seats on the City Council, so the election is considered "uncontested," but the candidates' names will still appear on the Feb. 4 ballot. They are incumbent Jeff Wieler, Tim Rood and Teddy Gray King. Mayor John Chiang and Councilman Garrett Keating are termed out; Wieler is seeking another term.

"Even though the City Council election is uncontested, the League has invited all candidates to present at our forum and all have confirmed they will attend," League President Hope Salzer said.

All school board candidates also will be present, she said. There also will be a discussion of local Measure A, which would authorize the refinancing of certain debt obligations to the California Public Employees' Retirement System.

The program will be simulcast on KCOM-TV, channel 27 and available for later viewing at www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/video/index.shtml. This year for the first time, questions will be taken from audience members as well as home viewers via text message. The text number will be announced on the air, and the program will be moderated by League member Betsy Andersen.


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IF YOU GO
What: Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education, City Council candidates forum presented by the League of Women Voters of Piedmont
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: City Council chambers, 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont
Information: www.lwvpiedmont.org