Top L-R: Strom Peterson, Alex Hels, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Jeff Scherrer. Bottom L-R: Cindy Ryu, Alvin Rutledge, Ruth Kagi, David Schirle.

Candidates to appear at forum Monday in Edmonds

By Evan Smith

Candidates on the November ballot for state, congressional and legislative offices will appear at a forum from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Edmonds.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce candidate forum is scheduled for the Edmonds City Council chambers in the Public Safety Complex, 250 Fifth Avenue North in downtown Edmonds starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. Doors open at 6 for the public to mingle with candidates.

The forum includes general-election candidates for state representative in the 21st and 32nd legislative districts; U.S. senator; congressional representative from the 7th Congressional District; and state superintendent of public instruction.

State representative candidates in the 21st Legislative District include Position 1 incumbent Democrat Strom Peterson and Libertarian challenger Alex Hels, who has not confirmed; and Position 2 incumbent Democrat Lillian Ortiz-Self and Republican challenger Jeff Scherrer.

Candidates for state representative in the 32nd District include Position 1 incumbent Democrat Cindy Ryu and Republican challenger Alvin Rutledge; and Position 2 Democratic incumbent Ruth Kagi and Republican challenger David Schirle.

The 21st Legislative District includes most of Edmonds, unincorporated areas north of Edmonds and Lynnwood and northeast of Lynnwood, all of Mukilteo and part of south Everett.

The 32nd District includes south Edmonds, the city of Lynnwood, part of Mountlake Terrace, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of Snohomish County, the city of Shoreline and part of northwest Seattle.

Democratic 7th Congressional District candidate Brady Pinero Walkenshaw has said that he will attend. Democratic opponent Pramila Jayapal has not committed to attend. The two led seven other candidates in the August primary. They are running to replace retiring Congressman Jim McDermott in the heavily Democratic district.

Republican U.S. Senate challenger Chris Vance has said that he plans to attend the forum, while incumbent Democrat Patty Murray has not confirmed her attendance.

One candidate for state superintendent of public instruction, Erin Jones, has said she plans to attend. Opponent Chris Reykdal has not.

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