Candidates in the races for Chapel Hill Mayor and the Town Council will face off Thursday night in a two hour debate hosted by WCHL, the Sierra Club, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, the  Greater Chapel Hill Association of REALTORS® and the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties.

Nine people are vying for four seats on the Chapel Hill Town Council this November. The three incumbents, Jim Ward, Donna Bell and Lee Storrow, face Adam Jones, David Schwartz, Jessica Anderson, Nancy Oates, Paul Neebe and Michael Parker.

There’s also one open seat on the council that’s been vacant since Matt Czajkowski resigned in March.

Incumbent Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt faces two challengers, Pam Hemminger and Gary Kahn.

Kleinschmidt has served as mayor since 2009, and two terms on the council prior to that. Hemminger previously served on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board and the Orange County Board of Commissioners. Gary Kahn has run for office twice in the past, both times unsuccessfully.

Aaron Keck will moderate the discussion, exploring issues of development, growth, affordability and more. Bring your questions for candidates or submit them to us using Facebook or Twitter.

You can join us live in the Council Chamber at Chapel Hill Town Hall, or tune in on the radio at 7 o’clock. The forum will be simultaneously broadcast on Chapel Hill Gov-TV and streamed on the Town’s website as well as