The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Tempe Chamber of Commerce will co-host a forum Aug. 1 on business and the economy featuring the candidates for the newly created Congressional District 9.

The forum will take place at the Rio Salado Conference Center, 2323 E. 14th St. in Tempe, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. The event will be moderated by veteran journalist and communications consultant James E. Garcia.

A journalist for more than 25 years, he currently serves as director of strategic communication and policy for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Invitations have been extended to all 11 announced candidates. Eight of the candidates, including each of the leading contenders, have confirmed they will attend.

Each candidate has been asked to present an opening statement about their vision for business and the economy and how that will impact the U.S. economy, Arizona and the nation’s fast-growing Hispanic market. Audience questions will be posed as well. The evening will end with a brief voter meet-and-greet with the candidates.

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