12th District forum tonight to focus on children's issues

A forum featuring the District 12 congressional candidates will be held tonight at the Augusta-Richmond County Library on 823 Telfair St.

 

“Getting Kids Into the Conversation,” sponsored by the Junior League of Augusta, Voices for Georgia’s Children and Child Enrichment, seeks to make children a priority in the 12th District race, organizers said. Tonight’s forum will be held from 6 to 7:30.

Children’s issues, such as education, families and child health and poverty, involve up to 11 percent of the federal budget, yet they often receive little discussion during congressional campaigns, according to organizers.

Rick Allen, Lee Anderson, Wright McLeod and Maria Sheffield, who are seeking the GOP nomination July 31, and Democrat John Barrow, who has represented the 12th District since 2005, have been invited.

Redrawn last year, the district now includes all of Augusta and most of Columbia County, which increases the odds that a Repub­lican House member will be elected.

Another event, a televised debate among the Republican candidates, will be held Wednesday in the River Room at St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St. The debate is open to the public.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the public should be seated by 6:30 p.m. The debate will be broadcast live on WRDW (Channel 12) from 7 to 8 p.m.

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