A Roanoke organization for African-American professionals will host a forum next week for the candidates seeking the 11th District House of Delegates seat that will be vacated by retiring Democrat Onzlee Ware.
The Urban Professional League forum will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the William Fleming High School auditorium. All seven announced candidates — five Democrats and two Republicans — have been invited to participate.
Democrats will hold a firehouse primary Dec. 7 at the Roanoke Civic Center Special Events Center to nominate their candidate. Republicans will hold a firehouse primary Dec. 10 at the civic center.
“We are excited about this opportunity to provide a platform for all candidates competing for this seat,” said Alisha Starkey, president of Urban Professional League, in a news release. “UPL is committed to ensuring that our community, especially young professionals, is engaged in what’s happening in the city not only socially but politically as well.”