Virginia Western Community College students will host Roanoke Mayoral candidate Sherman Lea along with the six candidates for Roanoke City Council at a special forum on Thursday from 4-5:15 p.m. in the College’s Natural Science Center. The event is open to the public and to the media.

Roanoke City Council candidates John Garland, Freeda Cathcart, Michelle Dykstra, Trish White-Boyd, E. Duane Howard and Anita Price are expected to participate.

Virginia Western students will conduct the forum and present questions to the candidates. Each candidate will be introduced, have two minutes for an opening statement, one minute to answer each question and two minutes for closing.

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