Candidates for the Garden Grove mayor and city council, Orange County Water District 1, 34th State Senate and 72nd State Assembly races will go head-to-head at debates that begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The annual Candidates’ Forum, hosted by the Garden Grove Neighborhood Association and Downtown Business Association, will be at the Main Street Garden Grove Plaza along Garden Grove Blvd. 

All three candidates for Garden Grove Mayor will participate in a debate starting at 11 a.m. The candidates are Albert Ayala, Bao Nguyen and Bruce Broadwater.

Seven of the nine candidates running for two seats on the city council are participating in the forum: Kris Beard, John O’Neill, Joe Dovinh, Phat Bui, Rickk Montoya, Ruhina Khan and Quang “Mike” Tran.

All three candidates in the race for the Orange County Water District 1 seat are participating: Robin Macario, Dina Nguyen, and Zack Barrett.

In the state legislative races, Jose Solorio, who is running for the 34th State Senate seat, will participate. His opponent, Supervisor Janet Nguyen is unable to attend.

Joel Block, running for the 72nd State Assembly seat, will also participate. Travis Allen, the current officeholder who is running for re-election, has yet to confirm whether or not he will attend.

You can submit questions for the candidates by email or phone to Maureen Blackmun, president of the Neighborhood Association, at and 714-235-5360.

Another candidates’ forum, hosted by the city of Garden Grove and Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Garden Grove Community Center. All the candidates for mayor, city council and the 34th State Senate race are participating.

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