The League of Women Voters of Orange County is sponsoring three candidate forums for Orlando City Council Districts 1, 3 and 5.

The forums will be held in each of the districts and all 12 candidates have been invited to attend.

The league is holding the forums to educate voters and boost participation during this “off-year” election, when voting and civic engagement often drop.

The District 1 event will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in room 148 at Valencia College’s Lake Nona Campus, 12350 Narcoossee Road, Orlando.  Incumbent Jim Gray is running against Tom Keen, for the seat, which includes Southeast Orlando and the Lake Nona area.

The second forum in District 3 includes voters will live in College Park, Baldwin Park, Audubon Park, Rosemont, Fairview Shores, Lake Formosa and Orwin Manor. Commissioner Robert Stuart is running for his fourth term against Asima Azam. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Princeton Elementary School, 311 W. Princeton Street, Orlando.

Eight candidates are vying for the District 5 seat, which includes West Orlando neighborhoods. Commissioner Regina Hill is running for her second term against Jibreel Ali, Ericka Dunlap, Sarah Abuobaida Elbadri, Betty Gelzer, Cynthia Harris, Ondria James and Darryl Sheppard. The forum will be held at 6 p.m. October 12 at the Callahan Neighborhood Center, 101 North Parramore Avenue, Orlando.

Voters go to the polls Nov. 7. If one of the District 5 candidates do not receive a majority of the votes, the top two candidates will face a runoff on Dec. 5.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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