From left: Scott Martin; Janet Diaz; Michele Wherley; Dana Hamp Gulick.
From left: Scott Martin; Janet Diaz; Michele Wherley; Dana Hamp Gulick.

The United Way of Lancaster County, in partnership with the Children Matter Action Fund, Community Action Partnership and Lancaster Votes will host a virtual Candidate Conversation this week.

The discussion will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, and will focus on education, child care and children's wellbeing.

Organizers invited all candidates running in Pennsylvania's Senate District 13, House District 41, and House District 97 races to take part or to prerecord remarks. The following individuals indicated they will participate:

  • State Sen. Scott Martin, the Republican incumbent in Pa. Senate District 13;
  • Janet Diaz, a Lancaster City Councilwoman and Martin's Democratic challenger;
  • Michele Wherley, Democratic candidate for Pa. House District 41;
  • Dana Hamp Gulick, Democratic candidate for Pa. House District 97.
The boundaries for Lancaster County's state House (left) and Senate (right) districts. (Source: OUL | Fair Districts PA)
The boundaries for Lancaster County's state House (left) and Senate (right) districts. (Source: OUL | Fair Districts PA)

Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler, a Republican representing the 100th District; and state Rep. Mike Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, representing the 96th district, have provided prerecorded statements. Both are running unopposed.

Wherely is running against incumbent Republican state Rep. Brett Miller. Gulick is running against incumbent Republican state Rep. Steve Mentzer.

The moderator will be Lorita Valente, executive director of community programs at Luthercare for Kids. Additionally, Amanda Burns, Education & Child Development Impact Team Leader at Community Action Partnership will make remarks.

To attend online, register at this link. A confirmation email with your access link to the Zoom meeting will then be emailed to you.

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