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Candidates vying for Rep. Howard Coble's seat in the upcoming election learned, to get to it, they're going to have to go through the nation's youth. WFMY

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Candidates vying for Rep. Howard Coble's seat in the upcoming election learned, to get to it, they're going to have to go through the nation's youth.

Middle school students at the Greensboro Montessori School hosted eight of nine candidates for the 6th Congressional Republican nomination this afternoon. Rep. Howard Coble has held the seat since 1985.

Candidates participating in the forum included Phil Berger, Jr., Rockingham County District Attorney; Mike Causey, a small business owner; Kenn Kopf, an attorney; Greensboro City councilman, Zack Matheny; Jeff Phillips, a businessman; Charlie Sutherland, Jr., head of Charlie's Soap and Sutherland Industries; Bruce VonCannon, a retired CEO; and Mark Walker, a Greensboro minister.

Students moderated the event, asked tough questions, and even ran cameras and the audio board at the forum.

The students touched on a wide range of topics with the candidates, including education funding, immigration and gun rights.

Teachers say they hope events like these will help students become global citizens.

As for the candidates, the race to Coble's seat only gets more important from here. The field competing for the 6th District Congressional seat will dwindle following the primary elections May 6.

Candidates vying for Rep. Howard Coble's seat in the upcoming election learned, to get to it, they're going to have to go through the nation's youth. WFMY News 2

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