Democratic U.S. Rep. Denny Heck and his Republican challenger Joyce McDonald are scheduled to meet in a public forum Monday evening in Olympia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the Oct. 6 event that begins one hour later at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.
The two candidates hold sharply differing views on everything from fiscal to social issues, immigration and how to boost jobs in the economy.
The forum is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Thurston County and the Nisqually Tribe, and the audience will be given a chance to submit written questions, according to the league, which has sponsored previous congressional debates. The center is at 512 Washington St. SE.
Nisqually tribal chairwoman Cynthia Iyall is serving as moderator. Thurston Community Television is expected to tape the event for later airing. Questions for candidates may be sent in advance by email to Barb Theiss of the league at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heck, a politician-turned entrepreneur, is a longtime Olympia resident serving his first-term in the 10th. McDonald lives in Puyallup and is a second-term member of the Pierce County Council. Both have significant records of civic involvement.
Each candidate served five terms in the state Legislature, and Heck is co-founder of the TVW public affairs network. The congressional district includes most of Thurston County and extends northwest to include Shelton and north to include Joint Base Lewis McChord, Puyallup and University Place.
McDonald’s campaign manager William Hawkins said they expect to make appearances at several other forums in the coming weeks. These include the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce forum, Oct. 8, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce forum, Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and the Summit Waller Community Association forum, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Heck’s campaign said he’s confirmed he’ll be at Summit Waller event so far.