The Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women will host “Tales from the Trail,” a discussion with women who have recently run for public office, at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 29th, at Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

The commission will hold the discussion to begin addressing the low number of women who are elected to office locally.

Five women who ran for Santa Monica City Council, the Santa Monica College board of trustees or Santa Monica-Malibu School board of education are scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion of their experiences running for office.

“When ranking nations for the involvement of women in public office, Rwanda ranks number one — and the U.S. ranks a dismal 61st,” said commission vice chair Kelly Hayes-Raitt, who will emcee the event.

Former candidates participating include Patricia Hoffman, Ana Jara, Maria Loya and Susanne Trimbath.

The discussion will also feature a new video produced by Oakland Democratic Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, The Passion to Lead, which includes interviews with assemblywomen about their candidacies.

Additionally, there will be presentations about two potential campaign reforms that could help women candidates.

The presentations will be given by Amy Connolly from Santa Monica Ranked Choice Voting and Eric Tang of the California Clean Money Campaign, who will present a hand-out titled “Clean Money Works for Women.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Information, Kelly Hayes-Raitt, (310) 392-8715.