Voter group to host District 3 fo­rum

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - REGION -

The Repub­li­can in­cum­bent and Demo­cratic chal­lenger in Ten­nessee’s 3rd Con­gres­sional District have been in­vited to ap­pear at a pub­lic fo­rum Oct. 22 at South­ern Ad­ven­tist Uni­ver­sity.

A news re­lease said the fo­rum is be­ing or­ga­nized by the League of Women Vot­ers of Chat­tanooga and the uni­ver­sity’s jour­nal­ism and his­tory/po­lit­i­cal sci­ence de­part­ments.

In­cum­bent Repub­li­can Chuck Fleis­chmann is seek­ing his fifth term. His Demo­cratic chal­lenger, Dr. Danielle Mitchell, is mak­ing her first bid for elec­tive of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, Mitchell has con­firmed her at­ten­dance but Fleis­chmann had not re­sponded to the in­vi­ta­tion as of Fri­day.

“The goal of this fo­rum is to pro­vide a venue for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion about the can­di­dates’ plat­forms and po­si­tions, en­abling vot­ers to make in­formed de­ci­sions, and we cer­tainly hope both can­di­dates will par­tic­i­pate,” the LWV said in the re­lease. The league is a non­profit, non­par­ti­san or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion but does not en­dorse can­di­dates or con­trib­ute to po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns. South­ern Ad­ven­tist Uni­ver­sity takes the same po­si­tion, the re­lease states.

The fo­rum is set for 6-8 p.m. in the Hulsey Well­ness Cen­ter, 480 Uni­ver­sity Drive. Doors will open at 5:30 pm. A mod­er­a­tor will con­duct the fo­rum and can­di­dates will have time lim­its for open­ing and clos­ing state­ments and to an­swer ques­tions from the au­di­ence.

Those who can’t at­tend can watch on Face­book Live or see it on Face­book af­ter the event con­cludes.

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