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Democratic candidates forum slated in DeKalb

All four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 16th Congressional District will answer audience questions Sunday, Feb. 18, at a public forum in DeKalb.
The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Yusunas Room of the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St.
The forum is an opportunity for voters to hear what candidates think about issues facing the nation and to decide who would best serve the interests of the district.
The candidates are Amy Murri Briel, Sara Dady, Neill Mohammad and Beth Vercolio-Osmond.
Briel, an Ottawa native and stay-at-home mom, previously worked in corporate recruiting and for an agency helping domestic violence and sexual assault victims.
Dady, a Rockford native who was active in 4-H, is a lawyer specializing in immigration law at Hoffman & Dady in Rockford.
Mohammad, who grew up in DeKalb, is a health care management consultant who works with hospitals to improve the quality and cost of patient care.
Vercolio-Osmund and her husband run the Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm in Ottawa, selling produce directly to customers.
Voters will elect one of these candidates as the Democratic candidate to run in November for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon.
While the primary is Tuesday, March 20, early voting begins Thursday, Feb. 8.
The forum’s doors open at 1:30 p.m. for attendees to meet the candidates and submit written questions. There also will be time to talk to the candidates after the forum.
Free parking is available on the street and in the library’s parking lots. The forum is sponsored by DeKalb Stands, a local chapter of the Indivisible movement. For more information, email

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