Two more debates – one focused on children’s issues – will give Augusta-area voters an opportunity to learn about the candidates seeking to represent the 12th Congressional District.
“Getting Kids into the Conversation,” a Monday forum held 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.
Children’s issues, such as education, families and child health and poverty, involve up to 11 percent of the federal budget, yet often receive little discussion during congressional campaigns, said Pat Willis, the executive director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, a child advocacy group.
Organizers have invited the four Republicans – Rick Allen, Lee Anderson, Wright McLeod and Maria Sheffield – seeking the Republican nomination July 31, as well as Democrat John Barrow, who has represented the 12th District since 2005.
Redrawn last year, the district now includes all of Augusta and most of Columbia County, which increases the odds a Republican House member will be elected.
The Monday forum will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Augusta-Richmond County Public Library.
On Wednesday, the Richmond County Republican Party is co-hosting a televised debate between the Republican candidates that is open to the public.
Doors open for the debate in the River Room at St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St., at 6 p.m. and the public should be seated by 6:30 p.m. The debate will be broadcast live on WRDW News 12 from 7 to 8 p.m.