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Candidates prepare to face off in an all-races forum Saturday

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The candidates from all of the City Council district races, the mayoral race and two Board of Supervisors races will face off Saturday at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters.

One notable exception: Mayor Kevin Johnson is not scheduled to appear.

According to Johnson’s campaign manager, Steve Maviglio, Johnson has “no need” to attend.

“Given the large number of events the mayor has attended over the past year, and since none of his opponents are waging a real campaign against him, he chose not to participate in this event,” Maviglio said Friday.

The news of Johnson’s planned absence came as no surprise to mayoral candidate Jonathan Rewers.

“He’s not even campaigning,” Rewers said Friday. “I think it just shows how important he thinks this election is. Perhaps he’s just a little overconfident.”

Rewers confirmed he will be participating in the forum Saturday, along with candidates Richard Jones and Leonard Padilla.

All of the candidates in each of the other races confirmed Friday they will attend Saturday’s forum.

This will be the first time the candidates in the City Council District 6 race, incumbent Kevin McCarty and opponent Mitch Netto, share a stage to talk about local issues.

It will also be the first time incumbent Bonnie Pannell and challenger Betty Williams, candidates running for City Council District 8, go head-to-head on the issues.

Here is the full schedule of the forum:

9 – 10:15 a.m. –  City Council, District 2
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.  –  City Council, District 4

11:45 a.m. – noon – Lunch break

12:15 – 1 p.m. –  Mayor
1:15 – 1:45 p.m. –  City Council, District 6
2 – 2:30 p.m. –  City Council, District 8
2:45 – 3:20 p.m.  – Board of Supervisors, District 3
3:30 – 4 p.m. – Board of Supervisors, District 4
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Propositions presented by the league

The forum will be held in the County Board of Supervisors chambers at the County Administration Building, 700 I St. It will also be taped live by Metro Cable and will air on Metro Cable Channel 14.

The event will be moderated by a panel of local political media experts, including The Sacramento Press, but league representatives said Friday that there will not be any opportunity for candidates to field questions from the audience.

We want to know what you would ask the candidates if you had the chance. Tell us in the conversation below.

Melissa Corker is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Twitter @MelissaCorker.

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