House District 67 candidates debate tonight

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Candidates seeking to replace retiring Rep. Ron Reagan, R-Bradenton, will answer questions tonight at a forum at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.

The District 67 forum is set for two hours, starting at 7 p.m. District 67 is a sprawling area covering all of East Manatee and some territory west of Interstate 75 as well.

Among those set to appear are Republicans Jeremiah "JJ" Guccione, Robert K. McCann, and Greg Steube; and Democrat Z. J. Hafeez. A fifth candidate qualified for the seat last week, John M. Studebaker, who has no party affiliation.

The forum will be moderated by Jim Jones, East Manatee editor for the Bradenton Herald and the Lakewood Ranch Herald.

The public is invited.