Watch State Senate special election forums on CCTV and online

Election Forum participants, 2.17.15

Candidates in the 7th State Senate District special election, from left, Steve Glazer, Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan (in blue) and Terry Kremin, discuss the issues during a recent forum.

If you live within the boundaries of the 7th State Senate District, your mailbox has likely been overflowing with campaign materials over the past few weeks.  Now you can find out firsthand from the candidates themselves where they stand on the issues, with Contra Costa Television (CCTV) broadcasting a pair of election forums through March 16.

One candidate forum was held at an East Bay Leadership Council event on February 11, and the second roundtable, moderated by columnist Tom Barnidge of the Contra Costa Times, was recorded at CCTV on February 17.  The League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley and Contra Costa County Elections co-sponsored both events.

Four candidates are seeking to fill the spot vacated by former State Senator/current Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.  Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer and teacher Dr. Terry Kremin are vying for the seat.  A fifth candidate, the only Republican to enter the race, Michaela Hertle, dropped out too late for her name to be removed from ballots.  Vote by Mail ballots have already been sent to voters registered to receive them, with Election Day taking place on Tuesday, March 17. 

Airdates on Contra Costa Television for the CCTV forum are: Saturday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.; Monday, February 23, 8:00 p.m.; Thursday, February 26, 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 1, 7:00 p.m.; Monday, March 2, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 7, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.; and Monday, March 16, 8:00 p.m.

Airdates on Contra Costa Television for the East Bay Leadership Council’s forum are:  Saturday, February 21, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 22, 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, February 24, 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 1, 9:00 p.m.; Monday, March 2, 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 7, 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 8, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 14, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 15, 8:00 p.m.; and Monday, March 16, 9:00 p.m.

CCTV is found on Comcast channel 27, Astound channel 32, and AT&T U-verse channel 99.  You can also watch the forums online, by visiting the Video on Demand page of the CCTV website at

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