Candidates to attend forum

Five Democratic candidates for Congress will be in Centralia on Thursday night for the first public forum since U.S. Rep. Brian Baird announced he would retire from the U.S. House.

The Lewis County Democratic Central Committee is hosting the 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. forum at Centralia College’s Philip Wickstrom Theater as part of its regular monthly business meeting.

Cheryl Crist, Denny Heck, Craig Pridemore, Maria Rodriguez-Salazar and Deb Wallace will each have five minutes to make their case, and each candidate will have one minute each to reply to at least three questions.

Crist, of Olympia, has run for Congress twice before as a peace candidate.

Heck, who founded TVW, was House majority leader in the 1980s, was chief of staff to ex-governor Booth Gardner, and is a businessman. Pridemore, D-Vancouver, is vice chairman of the Senate Environment, Water and Energy Committee. Rodriguez-Salazar is a Hispanic activist from Vancouver. Wallace, D-Vancouver, is a state representative and chairwoman of the House Higher Education Committee.

For more information, contact Bob Schroeter at 360-740-0733 or chairlewiscountydemocrats.net.