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Forum for supervisorial race set for University of the Pacific campus

Apr 18, 2014

Two Stockton city leaders vying to be the next San Joaquin County representative of Supervisorial District 2 will face off in a forum Wednesday at University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Kathy Miller and Paul Canepa, both currently Stockton City Council members, are seeking to replace Supervisor Frank L. Ruhstaller, whose term runs out in December. District 2 covers much of central and north Stockton. It is the smallest San Joaquin County Supervisorial District by area, but has the highest population with 141,300 residents.

"This Board of Supervisors race is going to be the biggest race in the county," said Peter Johnson, director of the Eberhardt School of Business' Westgate Center for Leadership Development. "This is going to be a tough race to call, because both candidates are very similar in many ways - they're both ethical people, both honest, they come from similar backgrounds."

Pacific's Eberhardt School of Business and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Stockton Alumni Association are sponsoring the event. Johnson said they wanted to partner to provide a neutral, nonpartisan venue to give voters a chance to hear from the candidates and to see the differences between them.

The forum will be 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Janet Leigh Theatre. Admission is free, but space is limited. Johnson asked that people RSVP by Monday, April 21, by calling 209.946.2956 or by emailing

Miller and Canepa will each answer five questions during the forum on such issues as growth, water quality, the county hospital and others topics. Audience members will be able to submit additional questions.

About Westgate Center for Management Development
Westgate Center for Leadership Development, a program of the Eberhardt School of Business at University of the Pacific, offers a wide variety of management training for leaders in business, nonprofit organizations and government boards. Instructors include faculty from the nationally ranked Eberhardt School of Business and are experienced experts in their fields with an aptitude for teaching. For more information, visit

About University of the Pacific
Established in 1851 as the first university in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, music, business, education, engineering and computer science, and pharmacy, and health sciences. The university's distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, which is home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. For more information, visit

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