The Long Beach Post and the Downtown Long Beach Alliance are co-hosting a debate with six of the eight candidates seeking to represent the 1st Council District in a special election Nov. 5.

The debate, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Fingerprints Music, will include questions asked by moderators to the group and to individual candidates. Questions were submitted ahead of time from readers.

Participating candidates include Mary Zendejas, Misi Tagaloa, Elliot Gonzales, Ray Morquecho, Mariela Salgado and Joe Ganem.

Neither the Post nor the DLBA is endorsing any candidate in this race.

You can watch the debate live on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or right here at