CHARLESTON - Voters trying to decide on a Statehouse or Charleston County Council race might want to attend an upcoming forum where the candidates will meet face to face.

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area plan to hold two such forums next month.

On Oct. 18, Charleston County Council District 8 candidates Democrat Anna Johnson and Republican Thomas Legare will meet, as will District 9 candidates Democrat Amy Fabri and Republican Joe Qualey.

The forum also will include state Rep. Anne Peterson Hutto, D-James Island, and her challengers Republican Peter McCoy and Green candidate Eugene Platt. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at James Island Charter High School.

On Oct. 25, the four County Council candidates will face off again at 7 p.m. at St. John's High School Auditorium. That forum also will include state Rep. Robert Brown, D- Hollywood, and his GOP challenger Sean Pike, as well as state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, and his GOP challenger Lee Edwards.

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