A forum involving about 15 33rd Congressional District candidates will be held tonight at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.
The field's best-known candidates, former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and Sen. Ten Lieu, D-Torrance, are expected to participate, along with fellow Democrat, David Kanuth, a defense counsel/entrepreneur, Marianne Williamson, an author and entrepreneur who will not have a party preference listed beside her name on the June 3 primary ballot, and Republican Elan Carr, a gang prosecutor. The event starts at 6 p.m.
Temple Emanuel decided to invite all the candidates in the race to succeed the retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Beverly Hills, because organizers felt "it was important all the candidates get heard," according to Alison Warshal, the synagogue's director of marketing.
The names of 18 candidates will appear on the ballot, although two have dropped out. Theo Milonopoulos, a 27-year-old doctoral student on leave from Columbia University, announced his candidacy as a write-in candidate on Tuesday.
"Temple Emanuel feels that it's very important that we not only support our congregation, but the community as a whole and the city of Beverly Hills specifically," Warshal told City News Service.
"We think it's really important the members of the community are able to make an informed decision in this coming election since it is such an important position to be filled. We want to make sure that everyone is as informed as possible."
--City News Service