The League of Women Voters of Richardson is partnering with Richardson ISD and the city of Richardson for a series of candidate forums during the month of April ahead of the May 6 general election.

The first forum that will be held is the Richardson ISD forum, scheduled for April 17. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Richardson ISD Administration Building, which is located at 400 S. Greenville Ave.

Four candidates are competing in two contested races in the RISD election. In the single-member District 3 race, incumbent Debbie Rentería will face challenger Bonnie Abadie. Meanwhile, incumbent Eric Eager is running against challenger Blake Sawyer in the at-large Place 6 race.

On April 20, the League of Women Voters will hold a candidate forum for Richardson City Council candidates. The forum will start at 7 p.m. at the Charles W. Eisemann Center, located at 2351 Performance Drive.

The mayoral seat and three of six City Council seats are contested in the election. Current Council Members Bob Dubey and Janet DePuy are running for Richardson mayor.

In the three contested council races, Curtis Dorian is running against G. Scott Waddell to succeed Dubey for Place 1. In Place 3, which was previously filled by DePuy, Stephen Springs is facing off against Dan Barrios.

The only incumbent facing a challenger for re-election is Ken Hutchenrider, who is running against Todd Hunter for Place 5, which is an at-large seat.

The league is allowing anyone to submit a question ahead of time for the candidates in either forum by sending questions to [email protected]. Audience members may also submit questions the night of the forum.

Video of each forum will be available soon after the forum on the organization's website.

The League of Women Voters of Richardson is a nonpartisan, grassroots civic organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, according to league officials.

Early voting in the general election begins on April 24 and continues through May 2. Election day is May 6.