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Congressional candidates to take part in forum next week

Herb Jones and Leslie Mehta, the two candidates running in the Democratic Primary for Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, will participate in a candidate forum at 6 p.m. next Thursday, April 18 at the St. Clare Walker Middle School, 6814 General Puller Highway in Middlesex County. Doors will open at 5:30.

The forum will be moderated by Pastor Douglas Riley of Gloucester’s Shepherdsville Baptist Church. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates.

The Democratic Primary will be held Tuesday, June 18. Early voting begins May 3. Election Day 2024 is Nov. 5. Rep. Robert J. Wittman (R-Montross) is the only declared candidate for the Republican Party’s endorsement for the seat.

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The forum is sponsored by the Democratic Committees of Essex County, Gloucester County, King and Queen County, King William County, Mathews County and Middlesex County.

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