Candidate Forum on Race, Responsibility Planned for Thursday

A few days ahead of Election Day, the Loudoun County chapter of the NAACP and Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries International, based in Lansdowne, will team up for one of the final candidate forums.

The Faith Has a Voice Candidate’s Forum will be held virtually from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. The main topic of the forum will be race and responsibility in Virginia related to law enforcement, educational achievement issues, systemic racism, health care and the disproportional impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and small businesses, according to a Facebook event posting.

Invited to participate in the forum are the candidates for U.S. Senate, incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Daniel Gade; candidates for the 10th District congressional seat, incumbent Rep. Jennifer T. Wexton (D) and Republican challenger Aliscia Andrews; and Leesburg mayoral candidates, incumbent Kelly Burk and challenger and Town Council member Ron Campbell.

Burk has announced that she will be unable to attend Thursday’s forum, but posted a lengthy statement on her views on race and responsibility in Virginia on her Kelly Burk, Leesburg Facebook page.

Faith Has a Voice is a ministry of Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries, where Michelle C. Thomas, also the current chairwoman of the NAACP, serves as pastor. It is the sixth year the ministry has held a candidate forum, but the first time it has done so virtually.

For more information on how to view the forum or send questions in advance, go to facebook.com/faithhasavoice.

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