Democrat Jared Huffman and Republican Dan Roberts, candidates for the North Coast congressional seat, will square off tonight in a debate in Sebastopol.

Hosted by the League of Women Voters Sonoma County and Sonoma County Water Coalition, the forum will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St.

Huffman, who is termed out of the state Assembly, and Roberts, a political newcomer, were the top two vote-getters in the June primary.

They are competing for an open seat created by the retirement of Petaluma Democratic Rep. Lynn Woolsey and are seeking to represent the new 2nd Congressional District stretching from Marin County to the Oregon border, excluding Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati and Sonoma Valley.

The forum will be recorded for viewing on public broadcasting, home computers and BLIP TV. It also will be replayed on the League of Women Voters' Smart Voter website at www.SmartVoter.org.

The forum is the first of eight debates organized by the League of Women Voters over the next three weeks, leading up to the Nov. 6 election. All begin at 7 p.m. Other forums include:

Thursday: Petaluma City Council candidates debate. Sponsored by League of Women Voters, AAUW Petaluma and the Argus-Courier. Petaluma City Council chambers. Petaluma City Council chambers.

Oct. 1: Santa Rosa City Council candidates debate. Sponsored by League of Women Voters, AAUW Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa City Council chambers.

Oct. 2: Sonoma City Council candidates debate. Sponsored by League of Women Voters. Sonoma Community Room.

Oct. 4: Sebastopol City Council candidates debate. Sponsored by League of Women Voters, Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma West News. Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St.

Oct. 11: Cloverdale City Council candidates debate. Sponsored by League of Women Voters, Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce. Cloverdale Community Center.

Oct. 17: Debate between 10th Assembly District candidates Michael Allen and Mark Levine. Sponsored by League of Women Voters and AAUW Petaluma. Springfield Place, 101 Ely Blvd., Petaluma.

Oct. 18: Debate between Sonoma County Board of Supervisors 1st District candidates Susan Gorin and John Sawyer. Sponsored by League of Women Voters. Sonoma Community Room.