City Club Missoula presents “Q&A: Candidates for Missoula County’s Next County Attorney” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 100 Madison St.

Amid national attention surrounding the handling of special victims’ cases and a controversial relationship between the U.S. Department of Justice and Missoula County, two Democratic candidates have stepped forward to run for Missoula County attorney. Fred Van Valkenburg, who has served in the office since 1998, will be retiring this year.

Join City Club Missoula as Josh Van de Wetering and Kirsten Pabst take part in a candidate forum featuring two local journalists. KECI-TV reporter Emily Adamson and KPAX-TV news director Mike Powers will pose questions and moderate questions from the audience.

At this City Club forum, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the role and requirements of the county attorney.

Van de Wetering is a Missoula attorney currently practicing in criminal defense and civil litigation. His experience includes a 10-year role as assistant U.S. attorney, specializing in narcotics trafficking and appeals cases across Western Montana.

Pabst is a Missoula attorney currently practicing in criminal defense. Pabst’s experience includes an 18-year role at Missoula County, six years of which she was chief deputy county attorney.

City Club Missoula forums are open to the public; you do not need to be a member to attend, but reservations are required.

Visit cityclubmissoula.org for credit card reservations. Or pay at the door by check; call 541-2489 by noon Friday and indicate if you want lunch ($15 members, $20 nonmembers) or no lunch ($5). Cancel if necessary by the reservation deadline. Payment is required for late cancellations and unclaimed reservations.

​Reach the Missoulian newsroom at @missoulian, at newsdesk@missoulian.com or at (406) 523-5240

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