Five and a half weeks until Election Day, and Alexandria voters may need all that time to sort out their choices.

As we’ve observed before, it’s a long ballot. For the City Council alone, voters have to pick six of 12 candidates, and it’s not too early to start figuring out who you think will make good representatives.

One candidates’ forum has already taken place, but four more are coming up. Get our your calendars to mark the latest dates, times, locations and sponsors:

●Tuesday, Oct. 2 at George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue. At 7 p.m., the two candidates for mayor will face off for the first time. Mayor William D. “Bill” Euille (D) and independent Andrew Macdonald will take up the first hour of the night. They will be followed at 8 p.m. by the 12 candidates for City Council. Pack a snack. This debate is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Old Dominion Boat Club, North Old Town Independent Citizens Civic Association, Northridge Citizens’ Association, and the Rosemont Citizens Association.

●Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Lyles-Crouch School, 530 South St. Asaph Street at 7 p.m. The Old Town Civic Association has set up this debate, but at least two Democrats have to be out of town that night, so don't expect to see everyone there.

●Monday, Oct. 15 at George Washington Middle School from 7 to 9 p.m. The 12 City Council candidates will get the first 90 minutes, followed by the two mayoral candidates for 30 minutes. The debate is sponsored by the Patch community news sites, ACTion Alexandria and the Alexandria chapter of the NAACP.

● Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. at Minnie Howard School, 3801 W. Braddock Rd., sponsored by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. A separate 30-minute period for a mayoral debate has been planned in addition to the time for the council candidates.