League Sponsors Third Congressional District Candidates' Forum Tonight

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By Special to the Monitor

All three candidates for the Third Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives will appear Tuesday at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women. The forum is 7-9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Socializing and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m.

Candidates attending are Dan East, Republican; Ben Ray Lujan, Democrat; and Carol Miller, Independent.

All three candidates will have four minutes to introduce themselves. Following that, there will be questions from the audience. To encourage a wide range of topics, each audience question is limited to 30 seconds, and responses are limited to 1 and 1/2 minutes.

At the conclusion, another half hour will be available for informal discussions with the candidates.

The Third Congressional District seat is currently held by Democrat Tom Udall, who is running for U.S. Senate.

This forum presents a special opportunity to hear all three candidates together.

The League will have voter registration and voting information available at the forum. Oct. 7 is the last day for voter registration and the beginning of absentee voting at the County Clerk's office. Early voting at alternate sites begins Oct. 18, and the General Election Day is Nov. 4 with the polls open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

For further information, contact Rebecca Shankland at shankland@cybermesa.com or 672-9106.


Other upcoming election events

Friday, Sept. 26, first presidential debate, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss. Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor, The NewsHour, PBS.

Oct. 1, Forum for County Council, PRC, and unopposed candidates sponsored by LWVLA and AAUW, Fuller Lodge, 7-9 p.m., refreshments 6:30. (This event was originally scheduled for Oct. 2.)

Oct. 2, the only vice presidential debate, Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Gwen Ifill, The NewsHour, Washington Week, PBS

Oct. 7, 2nd presidential debate (town meeting), Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn. Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News

Oct. 14, 3rd Congressional District 3rd Town Hall sponsored by New Mexico First, 1-5 p.m. followed by TV forum 7-8 p.m. (CD3 candidates: Ben Ray Lujan, Daniel East, Carol Miller).

Oct. 15, third party presidential debate, Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., Bob Schieffer, CBS News, Face the Nation.

Oct. 22, County Council candidates, Smith Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Sponsored by PAC-8, KRSN and the Los Alamos Monitor. Also live on KRSN 1490.

[The presidential debates will begin at 9:00 p.m. EDT. and last 90 minutes.]