Topics ranged from broadband internet access to education to state funding of public broadcasting and more. Morgan is not seeking reelection.
The forum was organized by Lorraine Walsh, a Gloucester resident who said she felt it was important to give voters a chance to hear from potential candidates early on. It was moderated by Gloucester resident Warren Deal.
Gloucester residents Sherwood Bowditch, Ken Gibson, and Catesby Jones, and Urbanna resident Keith Hodges, all seeking the Republican nomination for the seat, faced off, along with Tappahannock resident Andrew Shoukas, who is the Democratic nominee. Voters will be able to choose between the four GOP candidates during a Republican primary Aug. 23.
Each candidate was given an opportunity for opening and closing statements and each answered about a half-dozen questions submitted by members of the audience during the two-hour forum.
First up was Shoukas, who said he is running because it would be his opportunity to give something back to the community.