FARMINGTON — Farmington Public Library will host a forum for local candidates vying for city offices from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in its meeting room.

The event is an opportunity for the public to better understand the positions of the local candidates, Linda Benson has previously said. Benson is the treasure for San Juan Leadership Alumni, the nonprofit organizing the forum.

In Farmington, nine candidates are running for seats on city council and for municipal judges.

Tommy Roberts, the incumbent, and Matt Dodson are running for mayor. Nate Duckett and Debra Mayeux are running for the District 4 council seat. Incumbent Councilor Gayla McCulloch is running uncontested for the District 3 council seat. Bill Liese and Rena Scott are running for municipal judge. Bill Standley and James Rowland are running for part-time municipal judge.

San Juan Leadership Alumni only invited candidates for mayor and for the District 4 council seat to participate in the forum.

According to the event's general procedures, each candidate will have up to two minutes to introduce himself or herself and another two minutes to reply to each question. In the forum's second half, each candidate can ask a question of an opponent. The public can submit questions, too. Candidates will have two minutes for closing statements.

San Juan Leadership Alumni drafted questions for the forum, and KOB-TV Reporter Devin Neeley will moderate.

Dan Schwartz covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606 and dschwartz@daily-times.com. Follow him @dtdschwartz on Twitter.