Montgomery County prosecutor candidates clash in town hall forum
It was a much more local town hall forum that occupied about 80 Montgomery County election-watchers Tuesday night.
Hours before television screens and Twitter feeds lit up with President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s second debate of the presidential campaign, the focus in Blacksburg’s Municipal Building was on the two candidates vying for the Montgomery County commonwealth’s attorney’s job.
Republican Mary Pettitt, who became the county’s top prosecutor this year when her predecessor Brad Finch was named to a judgeship, is opposed by Democrat Peggy Frank, an assistant prosecutor in Pulaski County and before that, in Montgomery County. They are running in a special election to complete the rest of Finch’s term. Tuesday’s forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, gave audience members what may be their only opportunity to question both candidates at the same time.
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