Candidate forums are planned for those seeking the 4th District congressional seat now held by U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco.
A forum is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. today at Mid-Columbia Libraries' Kennewick branch, 1620 S. Union St.
The Tri-Cities Fair Tax Supporters group is organizing the event, which will focus on tax reform.
Candidates Clint Didier, an Eltopia farmer and former pro football player; Gavin Seim, an Ephrata artist and filmmaker; Kennewick caregiver Jamie Wheeler; and Josh Ramirez of Pasco, a control specialist at Hanford, have committed to attend, organizers said. Franklin County Commissioner Brad Peck and state Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, will send statements.
Republican candidates for the seat will be speaking May 19 at the Tri-City Republican Women's Club meeting at Tony Roma's in Kennewick, 8551 Gage Blvd. A dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the program.
The Benton County Republican Party will offer its forum for GOP candidates at 6:30 p.m. June 18 in the Richland High School auditorium, 930 Long Ave.