By Brian Park

With the election season in full swing, the eight candidates for three seats on the San Juan Capistrano City Council have taken to the streets with campaign signs and in email inboxes with newsletters.

In the coming weeks, the candidates—Kerry Ferguson, Stephanie Frisch, Larry Kramer, Pam Patterson, Derek Reeve, Jan Siegel, John Taylor and Robert Williams—will be participating in a number of forums to meet with voters and discuss their platforms.

The Dispatch, the League of Women Voters and the Friends of the Library are co-hosting a forum on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the San Juan Capistrano Library’s La Sala Auditorium, 31495-A El Camino Real. All are welcome. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The forum will be moderated by the League, with input from The Dispatch. Upon entrance, guests will be able to fill out cards to ask the candidates questions, which will be sorted and screened to remove personal attacks or other inappropriate comments.

The candidates in attendance will draw numbers to determine seating order. Following two-minute opening statements from each candidate, a moderator from the League will ask a question. All candidates may address a question and each will have the opportunity to answer first. After a round of questions, candidates will be given one minute to deliver a closing statement.

There are several other candidate forums open to the community.

The Capistrano Taxpayers Association will be hosting a forum on Monday, Sept. 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Capistrano Community Church, 27121 Calle Arroyo, Ste. 2200.

The Capistrano Valley Mobile Estates Residents Association is hosting a forum on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at their clubhouse, 26000 Avenida Aeropueto.

The Chamber of Commerce is currently planning on hosting a forum. Details will be announced later.

For more info about the forum, email

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