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Candidate forums begin today

October 18, 2006

A pair of candidate forums will be today and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College.

The forums are sponsored by Hagerstown Community College, the League of Women Voters of Washington County, Antietam Cable Television and The Herald-Mail Co.

Candidates for Washington County Commissioners, state's attorney and sheriff are scheduled to participate in today's forum.

Candidates for Washington County Board of Education and Maryland House of Delegates subdistricts 1C and 2C will participate in Thursday's forum.

Students from Hagerstown Community College's political science classes helped organize the forums and will serve as moderators each night. About 60 students are involved with the forums, said Spring Ward, an assistant political science and history professor at HCC.

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The forums will be aired live and will also be rebroadcast on Antietam Cable.

Antietam Cable will show the candidate forums on the following dates and times:

Live on Channel 99:

· Forum 1 - Today, 7 p.m.

· Forum 2 - Thursday, 7 p.m.

Reruns on Channel 19:

· Forum 1 - Oct. 21, 7 p.m.

· Forum 1 - Oct. 23, 8 p.m.

· Forum 2 - Oct. 25, 8 p.m.

· Forum 2 - Oct. 27, 8 p.m.

The forums will run back to back on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. on Channel 19.

The forums also will be available as a podcast on www.antpod.com. You can hear an audio recording of the forum by clicking on the "Candidate Forums" button.

Antietam digital cable customers can watch the forums whenever they want with video on demand. To access the forums, select Free on Demand, then Local Interest, from the VOD menu.

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