Cupertino City Council candidates to debate Wednesday

Election season is beginning to heat up in Cupertino, with two city council seats up for grabs.

While a majority of the current five-member council will continue serving into 2021, November’s election features candidates on opposite sides of a number of issues for the future of the community.

Candidates are set to discuss the issues, albeit in a virtual format, this week – just seven weeks before Election Day. Mail-in ballots, coming to every registered voter in the state, should arrive in mailboxes in 3-4 weeks.

The League of Women Voters of Cupertino-Sunnyvale and the Cupertino Rotary are hosting the forum. It runs from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16.

Registration for the event is now open, at this link. To submit a question to the candidates, click here.

Organizers say the forum, conducted on Zoom, will feature all five candidates.

Incumbent Mayor Steven Scharf, Planning Commission Chair Kitty Moore, J.R. Fruen, Hung Wei, and Charlene Lee are all running. Voters will select two from the list of five when making their choices for the next council.

The race saw its first dust up last month over Scharf’s use of rainbow campaign signs. That came apparent inaction over installing a rainbow crosswalk in the city to show solidarity with LGBTQ+ residents. Council is now set to hear from city staff at a Tuesday meeting about options for installing a rainbow crosswalk.