The five candidates vying for their party’s nomination in the 12th Congressional District during the May 18 primary spoke Wednesday evening about their plans to serve the district.
The forum hosted by The Tribune-Democrat and WJAC-TV was held in the auditorium of Westmont Hilltop High School. About 400 people attended the event.
The candidates on the Republican side were Tim Burns, a Washington County businessman and Johnstown native, and William Russell of Johns-town, a retired Army lieutenant colonel.
The Democratic contenders were Mark Critz, a Johnstown resident who resigned as the late Rep. John Murtha’s district director to make a bid for the seat; Ron Mackell Jr., a Johnstown native and Texas lawyer; and Ryan Buccianeri of Monogahela, a former Navy officer.