“A strong democracy needs an electorate that’s informed and engaged to make wise, thought-out decisions, whether when voting for a city council seat or a seat in Congress.

One of the easiest ways for candidates for office to reach out to voters, to speak with them and to them about the issues they consider important is through unstaged, unscripted debates and public forums.

Think of it as a job interview that culminates each Election Day, regardless whether the job applicant is a newcomer to the process, a freshman undergoing his first “performance review” or a veteran connecting with longtime constituents.” -News & Advance Editorial Board

Rural Madison, Inc. Presents Candidates Night Forum 2016

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

898 Woodberry Forest Rd.
Woodberry Forest, VA 22989


Stephen Farnsworth Professor of Political Science and International AffairsThe evening’s moderator, Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, PhD., is professor of political science and international affairs and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. He is a former Canada-U.S. Fulbright Research Chair in Public Policy at McGill University in Montreal and a former chair of the political communication section of the American Political Science Association. The author of five books, Farnsworth received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in government from Georgetown University, a B.A. in history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College. Before becoming a professor, he worked for 10 years as a journalist.

Rural Madison is very grateful for the generous assistance of our host and partner Woodberry Forest School for arranging Dr. Farnsworth’s participation, as well as providing the venue for this year’s forum.

The event is free and open to the public,  and will be simulcast by WFSPN for those who cannot attend in person. For more information or to submit questions for the candidates, please email MCCandidates@ruralmadison.org.