PLEASANT HILL -- The Pleasant Hill Education Commission will host a forum for Mt. Diablo school board candidates from 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Pleasant Hill.

Although five candidates' names appear on the ballot for two seats, Ernie DeTrinidad has announced that he has dropped out of the race. The four candidates running are incumbent Sherry Whitmarsh and challengers Brian Lawrence, Debra Mason and Barbara Oaks.

Incumbent Gary Eberhart is not seeking re-election. Times political reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen will moderate the event, which will include questions prepared in advance through community input and some submitted by the forum audience.

To submit a question, email mnelis@ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us. The forum, which is open to the public, will take place in the Pleasant Hill City Council chamber at 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

For more information call 925-671-5229 or visit www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us. Click on "Government," then look for the Education Commission.