The Santa Rosa-based California Parenting Institute will host the first scheduled forum for candidates running for the 1st District Sonoma County supervisors seat.

The Feb. 15 event is set for noon to 2 p.m. at the Sonoma County Central Library in Santa Rosa. It will focus on issues pertaining to children and families, including health care and welfare, early-intervention services and a possible local tax ballot measure in November to support government and nonprofit programs serving children.

Candidates will receive questions in advance and field submitted queries from audience members.

All five of the current candidates are set to participate.

They include Santa Rosa City Council members Susan Gorin and John Sawyer; Mark Bramfitt, a Sonoma energy consultant<NO1><NO>; Gina Cuclis, a Boyes Hot Springs communications consultant<NO1><NO>; and Keith Rhinehart, a former United Parcel Service supervisor<NO1><NO> from the Santa Rosa area.

The Oakmont Democratic Club has also scheduled a May 2 candidates forum for the race. The League of Women Voters of Sonoma County are waiting until after a March 14 filing deadline to schedule their forum.

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