Candidates for city, county and state office have been invited to speak Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Centro Cultural.

Candidates for local office in Cornelius will have an opportunity to make their pitch directly to prospective voters the same week that ballots are mailed out.

The three candidates running for Cornelius City Council, the two candidates for the chairmanship of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, the two candidates for House District 29, and the two candidates for Senate District 15 have been invited to speak at a candidate forum on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Centro Cultural de Washington County, located at 1110 N. Adair St. in downtown Cornelius. It is jointly organized by the Cornelius Booster Club and the City of Cornelius. A Booster Club leader and former Cornelius mayor, Ralph Brown, will moderate the event.

Neither incumbent Cornelius city councilor whose seat is up this year — Harley Crowder and Jose Orozco — is running for another four-year term. Three political newcomers are running to succeed them. The top two vote-getters will be declared as elected.

The candidates for City Council are Luis Hernandez, a Cornelius city planning commissioner and emergency management official with Portland General Electric; John Colgan, a city budget committee member and math teacher at Neil Armstrong Middle School; and Andrew E. Dudley, a security officer for Securitas.

In the county race, two political veterans oppose one another, offering vastly different visions for Washington County. Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington and County Commissioner Bob Terry are vying to replace outgoing Chairman Andy Duyck, who is retiring after 24 years on the county commission.

House District 29's incumbent state Rep. Susan McLain, a Forest Grove Democrat, is running for re-election. She is opposed by Republican businessman David Molina, also of Forest Grove.

In Senate District 15, former Centro Cultural board chairman Alexander Flores, a Hillsboro Republican, is attempting to unseat state Sen. Chuck Riley, D-Hillsboro.

Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin is unopposed for re-election and will not be included in the forum.

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