Sheriff candidates forum set for Thursday

The League of Women Voters of Merced County will host a forum Thursday for the four candidates competing to be the next sheriff-coroner in Merced County.

The forum will be at 7 p.m. in the City Council chamber at the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

Four candidates are seeking the office: Pat Lunney, Jim Soria, Frank Swiggart and Vern Warnke.

Candidates will answer questions read by moderator Geri Brown.

Participants may submit questions in advance via Facebook at or email at, or during the forum. The questions will be screened to eliminate any deemed inappropriate to the office or of a personal nature.

The league will have voter registration information and forms available for those not yet registered to vote.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization.