Karen Kwiatkowski and Andy Schmookler to Debate, Goodlatte Not Attending

By: Anna Lempereur Email
By: Anna Lempereur Email

Congressional candidates in the 6th District from both parties will be holding a discussion and debate in Harrisonburg.

Republican challenger Karen Kwiatkowski and Democratic nominee Andy Schmookler are seeking 10-term Bob Goodlatte's House seat, and will be at the forum.

Goodlatte was invited, but declined.

Kwiatkowski said this forum is one of her many attempts she has made to schedule a debate with Goodlatte, all of which have failed so far.

June 12 is the primary between Goodlatte and Kwiatkowski.

Schmookler, who will be the Democratic nominee in November, said it is a shame there haven't been debates with the upcoming primary.

During this forum, the candidates will focus on five areas, which include the economy, political governance, foreign policy, the environment and education.

"I want to use that forum to kind of help educate people, and to put in perspective what I'm talking about. It may sound very radical - small government, limited government, but in fact, that really is an old idea. That is the founding fathers idea," said Kwiatkowski.

"There are things that we need as a people, that we can't achieve one by one. We have to work together to get them, and we have to make government an instrument to serve our interests, and not an instrument to exploit us," said Schmookler.

The forum will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Community Mennonite Church, and everyone is encouraged to attend.

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