Westerville voters will have two opportunities to become more informed about school board candidates and the Westerville schools levy that will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Westerville voters will have two opportunities to become more informed about school board candidates and the Westerville schools levy that will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a forum for school board candidates from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Ohio Health Westerville Campus, 300 Polaris Parkway. The forum will be moderated by city manager Dave Collinsworth.

The Franklin Count Consortium for Good Government and the Northland Community Council have schedule a forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Haimerl Center at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1421 Morse Road.

That event will feature school board candidates, along with the pro-levy group Our Community, Our Schools and levy opponent group levyfacts.com. In addition, candidates for Columbus City Council, the Blendon Township Board of Trustees and Franklin County Municipal Court judge have been invited to participate.

Both forums will largely focus on questions submitted by audience members. Candidates also will have opportunities to make statements.

The Westerville school board race features incumbents Kevin Hoffman, Kristi Robbins and Denise Pope, as well as Al Hammond running for three seats.

The school levy is an 11.4-mill replacement levy that would raise taxes by 7.97 mills.

In Blendon Township, incumbents Alex Stallings and Stew Flaherty are running to retain their seats. Residents James Welch and Janice D. Heichel also have filed to run for the two available seats.

Westerville City Council also will see candidates on the ballot this fall, but they are not being included in the forums because there are four candidates -- incumbents Anne Gonzales, Kathy Cocuzzi and Mike Heyek, and Lawrence Jenkins -- running for four seats.

The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce will issue a voting guide at its forum that will include information about the city council candidates.

jnesbitt@thisweeknews.com