Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District seat is on the national radar this year and up for grabs.
On Thursday, Clark County residents will get their first — and likely only — chance to size up the candidates side-by-side before primary ballots are mailed in late July.
All six candidates — Republicans David Castillo, Jaime Herrera and David Hedrick; Democrats Denny Heck and Cheryl Crist; and independent Norma Jean Stevens — will field questions posed by Leadership Clark County, a nonpartisan organization that promotes civic involvement and offers leadership training. The forum begins at 6 p.m. at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall and is open to the public free of charge.
Control of the U.S. House of Representatives hangs on the results of the 2010 midterm elections. If Republicans can capture 40 seats held by Democrats, they’ll be poised to block President Barack Obama’s agenda in the House for the next two years.
Pundits rate only a handful of races as toss-ups. Washington’s 3rd District is among them.