Two forums will be held to give voters an opportunity to hear the viewpoints of candidates in runoff elections in Compton.

The first is May 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the Compton City Council Chambers, 205 S. Willowbroook Ave.
The second will follow on May 25 at noon, also in the City Council Chambers.

The forums will feature mayoral runoff candidates Aja Brown versus former mayor Omar Bradley; and Second District Councilwoman Lillie Dobson facing off against challenger Isaac Galvan.

Public safety is among the issues that some community groups say the next mayor must address. In particular, the six or seven homicides that have happened in the last several months and the prostitution that continues along Long Beach Boulevard.

According to Royce Esters, head of the National Association for Equal Justice in America (NAEJA), and one forum sponsor, gangs play a part in the prostitution.

In addition to the forums, a NAEJA crime committee meeting will be held this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the housing authority building located at 600 N. Alameda Blvd. The meeting will update residents on recent crimes, offer an opportunity to meet the new captain of the Compton sheriff station as well as include discussion on ways to keep youth from joining gangs.