Democrat Kristin Cabral will take the stage with 16-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R) three times this month.
Two debates for the 10th Congressional District candidates will come in late October, while a third event, the “Political Participation Candidates Night” forum, will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday at Luther Jackson Middle School in Fairfax.
The debates are slated for Oct. 23 and 26 at the Great Falls Grange and the Four Points Sheraton in Manassas, respectively.
Cabral, a Northern Virginian since 1995, was a classmate of President Barack Obama at Harvard Law School, from which she graduated in 1991. She’s running her campaign as a Washington outsider who would be a “voice of the people.”
“We need to give voters all across this district access to the candidates as much as we can throughout the next month and a half,” Cabral said in September.
Wolf, meanwhile, has been in Congress since 1980. Some of his key legislation has focused on transportation, domestic and foreign security and human rights. He’s considered a rank-and-file Republican, according to govtrack.us.
A third candidate, Kevin Chisholm, who is running as an independent, said on Monday he hopes to participate in the debates but he’s yet to receive an invitation.
Chisholm said it’s a shame the hosts won’t invite someone who isn’t “tied to the major parties.”
An engineer by trade and 30 year resident of Northern Virginia, Chisholm said in May he’s running for Congress because he’s “frustrated with its inaction.”
“And that includes Mr. Wolf,” Chisholm said. “Incumbency is a huge problem with our Congress. We get people who are just really good self-promoters and don’t do what’s best for their district.”
The 10th Congressional District includes Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick counties, the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester and large portions of Fairfax and Prince William counties.