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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or

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Mayoral candidates together for the first time at Idlewild forum

Wednesday night was the first time Vice Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, City Councilman Fred Howe III and Matt Paxson sat beside each other in a forum and defended their platforms in their quest to become Fredericksburg’s next mayor.


Earlier this year Mayor Tom Tomzak said he would not seek a third term.

You can read the FLS story about the forum here.

Or, you can read my minute-by-minute tweets of the forum. Note: About three quarters of the way through the forum, Twitter would not let me tweet anymore. A message popped up that I exceeded my tweets for the day. So it ends there.

All seven candidates (the three  mayoral and four at large) were there, plus every council member except Tomzak. A few other city officials were there as well.

Here’s our election guide. It includes video interviews with each of the candidates and biographical information on them.