The Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a forum for candidates running for the two at-large offices, the city of Lompoc mayor and Lompoc Unified School Board, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Lompoc City Council Chamber.

The forum will be in person at 100 Civic Center Plaza, Lompoc, on TAP TV Channel 23, and via Zoom webinar with live interpretation.

The event will begin with a Community+Candidate Meet Up, 6-6:25 p.m. for all candidates, both in contested and uncontested races. All candidates will be invited to bring campaign literature.

The meet-up will be followed by the candidate forum for mayoral candidates and for those vying for the two-year at-large position on the Lompoc Unified School Board.

The is no cost to attend, but registration (whether in person or via Zoom) is required at AAUW The first 50 people to register will win a $10 gift card to a local business.

AAUW is a nonpartisan organization open to all genders dedicated to improving the lives of females. Its mission is “Equity for All.” The Lompoc-Vandenberg Branch of AAUW was chartered in 1964 and has a legacy of hosting nonpartisan candidate forums as a service to the community.

Expanding the forum to include live interpretation via Zoom webinar is designed to make it accessible to most all community members.

For more about supporting/joining AAUW, visit

The forum is sponsored by the Fund for Santa Barbara through an Emerging Needs Grant. Established in 1980, the Fund for Santa Barbara, is a non-traditional community foundation that supports organizations and groups working for progressive social change is Santa Barbara County.

For more about the Fund for Santa Barbara, visit

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