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Indiana Young Democrats of Monroe County to host 9th District candidate forum


Dan Canon, a 9th District congressional Democratic candidate, introduces himself and his platform's beliefs to IU’s students. Canon discussed his ideas on health care for everyone and how to fight the opioid epidemic.  Alex Deryn Buy Photos

Indiana Young Democrats of Monroe County will collaborate with Bloomington South High School Democrats for a forum of candidates for Indiana's 9th District on April 4, according to a release from the county organization.

Democratic candidates Liz Watson, Dan Canon and Rob Chatlos have confirmed their participation in the forum, according to the release. Invitations were also sent to incumbent Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-9th District and his primary challenger, James Dean Alspach. 

The hour-long forum will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Bloomington South's Large Group Room. 

Hollingsworth was elected in 2016, defeating Democratic challenger Shelli Yoder by about 14 points, or 44,000 votes. 

A poll of over 400 Democratic primary voters conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and released by Watson's campaign March 11 had her leading by 13 points.

Data on the Federal Election Commission website showed Watson's campaign committee raised $350,981.62 in contributions as of Dec. 31, compared to Canon, whose committee raised $309,120.22 in contributions in the same time period. An FEC page for the committee for Chatlos did not show any campaign contributions in the same period.

The April 4 forum will focus on issues pertinent to students, young professionals and families, according to the release. Audience members are encouraged to submit questions through a Google Form

Jesse Naranjo

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