Candidates Speak at League of Women Voters Forum

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PANAMA CITY-- The area's premier political event took place Monday at the FSU Panama City campus. The League of Women Voters forum featured candidates from 3 races.

The race between incumbent Circuit Judge James Fensom and challengers Gerard Virga and Shalene Grover has been heated, but Monday the candidates restricted their comments to the issues. One of those, young people committing violent crimes which hits home given Panama City's recent string of murders.

"What I did to help address was institute a truancy program because that is where the program starts," Circuit Judge Candidate James Fensom said. "I want try and go ahead and get that child back on track and I think that's a very important obligation of a Circuit Judge has when you are dealing with children," Circuit Judge Candidate Gerard Virga said. "If we can concentrate on our young children and get them involved in fruitful things in a productive way. I think that's where we need to start," Circuit Judge Candidate Shalene Grover said.

The other segment featured candidates running for the state legislature house seats 5 and 6. Only 1 of the 3 candidates for the District 5 Seat participated, but all 6 of the District 6 candidates showed-up and answered a variety of questions on a range of issues.

If you couldn't make it to the forum Monday night, NewsChannel 7 will broadcast the event next Monday, August 11th at 6:30 p.m.

The judges race and the republican nomination for the District 6 house seat will be decided during the August 26th primary.