A candidates’ forum, for anyone seeking elected office in districts in either Pittsylvania or Franklin County, will be held at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta on Oct. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

A separate event for candidates running for elected office in Bedford County will be Oct. 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bedford Columns in Bedford.

The forums, which are free and open to the community, are designed to be informational and not a debate. Doors for both events will open at 5:30 p.m. with the forums beginning at 6 p.m.

At the forums, speakers will include candidates for Virginia General Assembly, board of supervisors and sheriff. There will be time allocated for questions and answers from the audience.

Candidates running for other offices, such as commonwealth’s attorney, treasurer, commissioner of revenue, school board and soil, water and conservation director are invited to attend.

The forums are sponsored by Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and Smith Mountain Lake Association. The Oct. 23 forum also is sponsored by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and Runk & Pratt.