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CD1 forum set Oct. 9

Pacific hosts five who want Wu's seat

The election season is in full swing in western Washington County, with one recall (Cornelius) just wrapping up while another (Forest Grove School Board) just underway.

But there's also the matter of David Wu's Congressional seat.

Wu resigned earlier this summer amid a sex scandal. The process to replace him includes a Nov. 8 primary for Republican and Democratic hopefuls (followed by a general election in January).

Local residents will have a chance to see the top candidates from both parties on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

In an unusual partnership between the university's Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation and Pamplin Media Group, a newspaper endorsement session and a public forum will be held back-to-back to give voters additional time to see 1st Congressional District candidates in action.

The endorsement session will run from 4 to 5:15 p.m. and include representatives from multiple newspapers, including the News-Times. The public is invited to watch the session, but will not be allowed to ask any questions.

At 5:30 p.m., voters get their say when the McCall Center takes over the proceedings, which will include questions from the audience. The event will wrap up by 7 p.m.

According to Jim Moore, director of the McCall Center, five candidates have confirmed their attendance at Sunday afternoon's event: Democrats Brad Witt, Suzanne Bonamici and Brad Avakian and Republicans Jim Greenfield and Rob Cornilles.