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The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County, a non-partisan political organization, provides candidate forums as part of its core mission to encourage informed and active participation in government.

Local elections are looming, and the League of Women Voters steps up each time to hold candidate forums, where candidates answer questions from the general public.

Many of these will be broadcast live on BTV Bellingham, or via Zoom.

Links for all the forums, instructions for submitting questions, and other options for access can be found at lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org.

There is also information about re-broadcast on cable access and local radio throughout the weeks up to General Election Day, Nov. 2. And, once recorded, links to each forum will be on lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org for viewing.

This is the schedule of candidate forums:

• Friday, Oct. 1, 6-7:15 p.m.: Port of Bellingham commissioners

• Tuesday, Oct. 5, 6-8:45 p.m.: Whatcom County Council positions

• Thursday, Oct. 7, 6-8:45 p.m.: Ferndale City Council and Ferndale School District*

• Friday, Oct. 8, 6-8:45 p.m.: Bellingham City Council and Bellingham School District

• Wednesday, Oct. 13, 6-8:45 p.m.: City of Lynden Council, Lynden School District 504; and Blaine School District*

• Thursday, Oct. 14, 6-8:45 p.m.: Blaine City Council*

• Saturday, Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Pro and Con debate on four Bellingham ballot initiatives*

*Not broadcasting live on BTV