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Major Congressional Debate For District Representing Central, South Coasts Set For Later This Week

A debate is set for later this week on the Central Coast in one of the most hotly contested congressional races in the region in decades.

Cuesta College is hosting the Thursday night forum for the 24th District seat. The seat is wide open for the first time in decades, after Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara announced she won’t seek re-election to the post she’s held since 1998.

Organizers say all nine candidates for the seat committed to taking part in the Cuesta College debate, which is open to the public.

The 24th Congressional District includes all of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, and part of Ventura County.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.