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Democratic candidates weigh in on gun control, education at forum

Democratic candidates weigh in on gun control, education at forum

Candidates vying for the Democratic nod to challenge Rep. Rob Wittman in the First Congressional District outlined their positions on gun control, education and health care at a forum Thursday.

While coming from varied backgrounds — Edwin Santana a former Marine, John Suddarth a businessman and Army veteran and Vangie Williams a strategic planner — the candidates hewed to a similar progressive message.

Ryan Sawyers, who was scheduled to appear at the forum, suspended his campaign Feb. 27, according to a news release.

In the wake of a mass shooting that left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Fla., in February, the candidates voiced support for tougher gun laws,...

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