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Candidates for Rangel's Congressional Seat to Face Off In Bronx Town Hall

 State Senator Adriano Espaillat ignored an invitation to the forum. Senator Bill Perkins and Assemblyman Keith Wright both RSVP’d but backed out days before the event, organizers said.
State Senator Adriano Espaillat ignored an invitation to the forum. Senator Bill Perkins and Assemblyman Keith Wright both RSVP’d but backed out days before the event, organizers said.
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BRONX — Candidates vying to replace longtime Congressman Charles Rangel in representing Uptown neighborhoods in D.C. will face off Thursday in a town hall in the Bronx.

Manhattan Assemblyman Keith Wright, State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook, former State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV, former senior aide to President Bill Clinton Clyde Williams and Manhattan Assemblyman Guillermo Linares are all expected to attend the 13th Congressional District African Town Hall.

The town hall will be held at The Bronx Museum, located at 1040 Grand Concourse, at 6 p.m..

The event is billed as an opportunity for the candidates to discuss their platforms to the African community and speak about how they will address the community's needs, such as visa and health care access and immigration reform.

This is the third time candidates competing for New York's 13th district, which covers Harlem, Inwood, Marble Hill, Washington Heights, Morningside Heights, parts of the Upper West Side and the western Bronx, have debated policy positions before the June 28 primary.