At NextGen forum, Lehigh Valley Democratic candidates talk immigration, college costs – and Wawa

Based on the questions Thursday evening to the six Democrats running to represent the Lehigh Valley in Congress next year, young voters want to know how potential lawmakers would address college costs, immigration policies, marijuana laws — and whether they prefer to grab snacks at Wawa or Sheetz.

Since the 7th Congressional District contenders aren’t running statewide, Wawa was a safe answer for the field of contenders as they wooed potential voters at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works.

It was among many areas of agreement during an evening in which the most contentious moment came on immigration — an issue where Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli’s position is at odds with the progressive crowd he was addressing.

He was booed loudly while responding that he believes local law enforcement should cooperate with federal immigration officials. The crowd — some shouting “abolish ICE!” — overpowered his response, prompting Morganelli to ask if they wanted him to answer the question.

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