First Congressional District Candidate Forum draws capacity crowd

Politics & Government instructor Jim Moore moderates the First Congressional District Forum.

Three Democrats and three Republicans present their views in front of an overflow crowd at Pacific on Sunday, Oct. 9.

An overflow crowd of 130 nestled into Marsh Hall's Taylor Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 9 to submit questions and listen intently to six congressional candidates vying for Oregon's District 1 seat.

Among the attendees were editorial board members from several Pamplin Community Newspapers located within the district.

The special primary election to determine the Democratic and Republican Party nominees will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Each party winner will then square off in the special general election on Jan. 31, 2012 to fill the congressional seat vacated by David Wu.

Democratic Party candidates on hand to state their respective cases were Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, state senator Suzanne Bonamici and state representative Brad Witt.

Republicans who took part were Rob Cornilles, principal owner of Game Face, real estate investor Jim Greenfield and marketing professional Lisa Michaels.

Forest Grove News-Times publisher John Schrag moderated the event's first hour, restricted to questions by the editorial board members. 

Jim Moore, Politics & Government instructor and director of the University's Tom McCall Center for Policy and Innovation, then moderated a 90-minute session in which candidates fielded written questions from the general public in attendance.

The event was sponsored by the News-Times and McCall Center and a video of the forum will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Pacific University’s Tom McCall Center for Policy and Innovation engages students to the practical side of citizenship and connects the University with the larger community on public policy issues.

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Oct 10, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen ( on May 1, 2012 at 4:34 PM

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