Republicans eyeing 6th district nomination take part in forum

WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WHSV) — Each of the eight Republican candidates running for nomination in Virginia's 6th congressional district participated in a forum on Saturday afternoon to give potential voters a glimpse at their platforms.

The forum lasted two hours before candidates could meet with voters one-on-one.

After the candidates introduced themselves to the crowd of more than one hundred gathered at Blue Ridge Community College, they answered questions submitted from the audience — ranging from health care to government spending.

After the forum ended, attendants were able to talk one-on-one with the candidates.

"We have to continue to stand for the values that we have in this community," said Luis Padilla, a self-described conservative. "That's why I'm here and that's why I'm concerned."

Padilla he hopes that the winning candidate will fight to keep government spending to a minimum.

The eight candidates are running for the chance to replace longtime Representative Bob Goodlatte, who announced last year his intention to retire.

Additional forums are planned other places in the 6th district, which encompasses much of western Virginia, including Lynchburg and Roanoke.