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The event offers prospective voters an opportunity to meet and ask questions of candidates in several races.

FILE PHOTO - Voters drop off their ballots at a Washington County official drop site in 2016. Several county races are on the May 15 ballot this spring.Candidates for several Washington County and Metro races have been invited to meet the public and answer questions at a "candidate fair" in Hillsboro on Thursday, April 5.

The Washington County Public Affairs Forum, the League of Women Voters of Washington County and the League of United Latin American Citizens are sponsoring the candidate fair at the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St.

Organizations and candidates will sponsor tables from 4 to 6 p.m. Among those confirmed to attend are Kevin Barton, one of two candidates running for Washington County district attorney this spring; Todd Huegli, seeking a seat on the Washington County Circuit Court; and Monte Akers, who is running in Senate District 15.

At 6:15 p.m., a candidates' debate will get underway. Questions will be posed by moderator Rob Solomon to candidates for five nonpartisan offices: Washington County board chairman, county commissioner for District 2 and county commissioner for District 4, and Metro Council president and Metro councilor from District 4.

Questions will be taken from the audience as well.

The debate is scheduled to end at 8:30 p.m.

All five offices are up for election on the May 15 ballot. If a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, he or she will be declared elected. If no one candidate wins a majority, the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election Nov. 6.

There will also be a forum put on by several Washington County Community Participation Organizations on Tuesday evening, April 3, at the Old Town Church, 2224 15th Ave. in Forest Grove. That event, featuring the two candidates for Washington County Board of Commissioners District 4, will begin at 7 p.m.

In addition, the Washington County Community Participation Organizations and the Committee for Community Involvement are putting together a program for the four candidates for county chairman next week. That program will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Forest Grove City Library, 2114 Pacific Ave.

Peter Wong contributed to this report.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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