Shannon Souza allowed to attend League of Women Voters forum after all

By CARISA CEGAVSKE Senior Staff Writer The News-Review  Oct 12, 2018 

Shannon Souza will be allowed a seat at a Tuesday candidate forum after all. The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley announced Friday it was reversing an earlier decision to not seat Souza. The original decision was made because her opponent, Interim Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, had declined the invitation.

Souza is the Democratic nominee for Senate District 1. She had previously been told she could not attend, based on longstanding League rules against having an “empty chair” debate, in which only one candidate is present.

League President Jennifer Carloni said Friday the League decided to change its rule after complaints from the public. READ MORE…