Two upcoming forums will invite the candidates running in the March 8 Montclair Board of Education election to explain why they are running and what they see as pressing issues in the school district.

The nine candidates running to fill two seats on the board are Yvonne Bouknight, Jerold Freier, Holly Shaw, Melanie Deysher, Noah Gale, George C. Simpson, Phaedra Dunn, Jennette Williams and Lauren Q. Griffin.

The Montclair Interfaith Clergy Association, the Montclair African American Clergy Association and the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area will host a virtual candidate forum Sunday, Feb. 27.

The forum will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. To register and submit questions for the candidates, visit the League of Women Voters website and click on the event flier.

On the following day, Monday, Feb. 28, the Special Education Parent Advisory Council will hold a forum. More information will be made available at

The League also held a virtual forum Feb. 17, during which the candidates took turns answering questions, emphasizing the importance of communication.