Soroptimists host candidate forum Friday

Six running for three different positions to participate

PORT ANGELES — Soroptimist International of Port Angeles-Noon Club will host a forum on District 24 legislative races at noon Friday.

Those interested can RSVP to or send a message via Facebook to Soroptimist International of Port Angeles for a link to join the Zoom meeting.

All six Nov. 3 general election candidates for the three legislative positions have confirmed they will participate, Soroptimists said.

For the state Senate seat, incumbent Kevin Van De Wege, a Sequim Democrat, is challenged by Connie Beauvais, a Joyce Republican and Port of Port Angeles commissioner.

For the state Representative Position 1 seat, incumbent Mike Chapman, a Port Angeles Democrat, is challenged by Sequim resident Sue Forde, chairman of the Clallam County Republican Party.

For the state Representative, Position 2 seat, incumbent Steve Tharinger, a Port Townsend Democrat, is challenged by Brian Pruiett, a Carlsborg Republican.

Soroptimists plan another forum on Oct. 30. That will be announced once confirmations have been received.

Soroptimist International of Port Angeles is a neutral, non-partisan organization that does not support nor oppose any political party or candidate, the group said.

The goal is to inform and empower local voters on issues directly related to residents.

Soroptimist International of Port Angeles-Noon Club, which used to meet at noon every Friday at Joshua’s Restaurant in Port Angeles, has been meeting via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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