The Contra Costa County elections department has partnered with local chapters of the League of Women Voters to present a series of more than three dozen televised round tables and forums to help inform voters about issues and candidates that will appear on their ballots in November.

“Decisions made at the local level have the greatest impact on our daily lives,” Registrar of Voters Joe Canciamilla said in a statement. “Without this program, voters likely might not have any other chance to see and hear from these candidates.”

Shows produced as part of their election preview began premiering Oct. 2, both online as well as well on Contra Costa TV (CCTV). Reporters from KCBS, KTVU and ABC7 were joined by Alan Wang — a former journalist now working as a spokesman for the county.

As a part of the program, the Contra Costa County Public Library hosted a number of forums focused on candidates for school districts and city councils throughout the county, starting with the Brentwood City Council at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4 and the San Pablo City Council  at 6 p.m. Oct. 9. Anyone interested in watching the forums can do so by accessing the library’s Facebook page.

All 39 of the election preview forums will be available on Contra Costa Television’s YouTube page at

For more information, people can go to the election preview section of the county’s website at

Story originally published by Bay City News.