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More than three dozen political contenders appearing on the Culpeper County ballot in November will answer questions in real time at a series of all-inclusive upcoming Candidate Forums being hosted by the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce.

All of the forums will all be held at the same time—6:30 to 8:30 p.m.—and at the same place—the Germanna Daniel Technology Center. They are free and open to the public and will be broadcast on the local government station, Culpeper Media Network.

“One of our goals is to be an advocate for the community,” said Culpeper Chamber President & CEO Wes Mayles. “By hosting the candidate forums, the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce is providing an opportunity for voters to see and hear in-the-moment responses from candidates regarding topics impacting individuals and businesses.”

The questions will be presented in an “equal time Q & A format,” he said, with each panel of candidates queried based on topics relevant to their selected offices. Each candidate will have equal time to respond to the questions being developed by various sources and based on the responsibilities of each position, Mayles said.

“Candidates will not be aware of the questions prior to the interview,” he said. “We consider it a privilege to host the candidate forums and look forward to providing this service to the community.”

The first forum will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, for County Treasurer and School Board candidates.

The candidates for treasurer are Alexa Fritz, Aaron Mitchell, Denise Whetzel and Missy Norris White. The candidates for Culpeper County School Board are: Catalpa District—Barbee Brown and Janice Bates; East Fairfax District: Page Durham and Patricia Baker; Salem District—Anne Luckinbill and West Fairfax District—Edward Dunphy and Christina Burnett.

The second forum will be held Thursday, October 3 for State Senate and House of Delegates.

The candidates for State Senate are: 17th District—Amy Laufer and Bryce Reeves; 24th District—Emmett Hanger Jr. and Annette Hyde; and 27th District—Ronnie Ross III and Jill Vogel. The candidates for House of Delegates are: 18th District—Laura Galante and Michael Webert; and 30th District—Nick Freitas and Ann Ridgeway.

The third forum will be held Tuesday, October 15 for Culpeper County Commonwealth’s Attorney and Board of Supervisors.

The candidates for Commonwealth’s Attorney are Megan Revis Frederick and Paul Walther. The candidates for Board of Supervisors are: Catalpa District—Paul Bates and Nate Clancy; East Fairfax District—Kathy Campbell and Ben Phillips; Salem District—Tami Coughlin and Tom Underwood and West Fairfax District—Gary Deal.

The final forum will be held Wednesday, October 23 for Culpeper Town Council and County Sheriff.

The candidates for Town Council are Keith Brown, Jamie Clancey, Hank Milans III, Frank Reaves Jr., Bobby Ryan and Meaghan Taylor. The candidates for sheriff are Scott Jenkins and C.J. Johnson.

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(1) comment

Jim Restel

So - I'm curious how Nick Freitas rated being mentioned in this article and participating in the series? He is not on the November ballot, failing to qualify. He is, at best, a write-in candidate for the 30th District. Does anyone who will participate as a write-in candidate get to participate?

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