The Venice Neighborhood Council and Mar Vista Community Council will host a joint candidates forum for the 36th Congressional District election at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Westminster Avenue Elementary School auditorium, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

The political forum will feature the 16 candidates who are seeking to replace former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), who resigned in February to become the new executive director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

The event will emphasize questions asked by the stakeholders of the two neighborhood councils. All questions must be submitted in advance to: CandidateQuestions@VeniceNC.org and must be received no later than April 23. Questions asked at the forum will be drawn from a pool of 15 chosen from those submitted.

“It was a challenge creating the format for a forum with so many candidates, but our approach enables everyone to participate,” said Venice Neighborhood Council President Linda Lucks. “We expect a great turnout.”

Moderating the event will be Brian Watt, a reporter for KPPC radio.

“I think we’ve found a way to pack enough questions into a small amount of time to make the forum lively and exciting, as well as informative,” said Mar Vista Community Council Chair Albert Olson. “This is going to be a ‘must-see’ event for all concerned voters.”

The 36th Congressional District stretches from the coast of Venice to San Pedro. The district includes Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey and Playa Vista. Los Angeles International Airport and the Santa Monica Airport are also within the congressional district.

The special election for Harman’s replacement will be held May 17.

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