Brown’s contract was re-approved twice by a board that included Elmore, Fisher and Yelton. But Elmore has always claimed that neither he nor the other commissioners ever saw or knew about the severance package.
Besides the mayoral race four have qualified for commission: Mayor Pro Tem Fisher, Marguerite Belline, Candace Jones and Dee Merriam, with the top two vote getters winning seats. Incumbent Yelton has declined to run again.
The forum will give residents plenty of time to ask all candidates questions. It gets broken into two segments, with the commissioner forum running from 6 to 7:30, and mayoral forum from 7:45-9:15.
Elmore was initially elected mayor in March 2015, beating five other candidates, then ran unopposed the following November. Fisher was first elected in Nov. 2015, while Jones and Merriam are longtime city activists. Belline, an attorney with a downtown Avondale office, has lived in the city since 2014.