Eight state and federal legislative candidates have been invited to take part in a Thursday evening forum at Oak Ridge High School.
The candidates could include the three running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tennessee’s 3rd District: Republican Chuck Fleischmann, who is the incumbent; Democrat Mary M. Headrick, a physician; and Independent Matthew Deniston, a U.S. Army veteran. The district includes Oak Ridge.
They could also include the two candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives in the 33rd District: Republican John D. Ragan, the incumbent, and Democrat Jim Hackworth, who is trying to take back his old seat. The district includes much of Anderson County.
Also invited are candidates for the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 32rd District: Republican Kent Calfee, a former Roane County commissioner; Democrat Jack W. McNew; and Independent Allen R. Cole. The district includes Roane County and part of Loudon County.
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, Thursday’s forum is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Oak Ridge High School Amphitheater. To get there, go through the high school’s main entrance and climb the stairs to the second floor.
Early voting starts Oct. 17 and ends Nov. 1.
It’s the second in a series of candidate forums leading up to the Nov. 6 election.
There is also a forum that starts at 7 p.m. today in the Oak Ridge High School Amphitheater for candidates for Oak Ridge City Council and Oak Ridge Board of Education.
Democracy for East Tennessee has a “meet and greet” for candidates on Oct. 9.
And an Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce task force has scheduled forums for City Council, Board of Education, and Tennessee House candidates on Oct. 9 and Oct. 15. More information on those forums will be posted later.