Virginia advocacy groups will host a forum in Prince William County on Saturday with about a dozen candidates running for the General Assembly.

The Sept. 17 event will begin at 9:30 p.m. at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, located at 1400 G. Street in Woodbridge. Sponsored by Virginia Organizing and Social Action Linking Together, the forum will focus on budgets cuts, immigration, criminal justice, housing and education, Virginia Organizing officials said.

Other event sponsors include the Prince William Education Association, the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations and Virginia Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants.

As of Tuesday, the confirmed candidates include Del. Richard Anderson (R), Sen. George Barker (D), Sen. Charles Colgan (D) and Democrat Garces Esteban, who is running for the newly created second-district House seat.

Others who plan to attend include incumbent Del. Bob Marshall (R ) and his challenger Democrat Carl Genther; incumbent Del. Luke Torian (D) and his challenger Republican Cleveland Anderson and incumbent Sen. Linda “Toddy” Puller (D) and her challenger Republican Jeff Frederick.

All General Assembly hopefuls represent a portion of Prince William, and the forum will allow them to address the challenges faced by the county’s working poor, officials with Virginia Organizing said.