The forum, sponsored by the Orange County Democratic Party, took place at the Village Diner in Hillsborough.
Andy Cagle, Matt Hughes and Mark Marcoplos, running for the at large seat on the board, discussed their community involvement and their thoughts on issues facing the county.
Renee Price, incumbent, and Bonnie Hauser are competing for the open seat representing District 2 on the board.
Cagle, an environmental contractor, said his involvement in construction, agriculture and emergency services qualifies him for a seat on the board.
“You will see me in your community,” Cagle said.
Hughes, former chairperson of the Orange County Democratic Party, said he was running because Orange County is his home and he wants it to continue to be affordable for its residents.
“I know affordable housing because I grew up in substandard housing,” Hughes said.
Marcoplos, owner of Marcoplos Construction, said he has been involved in the county for decades and hopes to continue his work in energy efficient development, affordable housing and living wage standards as a county commissioner.