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Candidate forums continue tonight at the Mars Theater
Clerk of superior court, tax commissioner, school board district 3, state court judge, and district attorney on stage tonight
Linda Mock
Linda Mock of Springfield reads over some of the candidate material that was available at the first candidate forum at the Mars Theater April 17. (Photos by Barbara Augsdorfer/Effingham Herald.)

By Barbara Augsdorfer, Editor for the Effingham Herald

Candidate forums continue Thursday, April 18, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Mars Theater in Springfield. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Wednesday night, candidates for Effingham County Commission Chair, and Commission District 1 and 4 were on stage to give their backgrounds, reasons for seeking office, and their goals for the county.

Thursday night’s schedule includes candidates for clerk of superior court, tax commissioner, board of education district 3, state court judge, and district attorney for the Ogeechee Circuit.

Damon Rahn and Alex Long on stage
Nichole Buchanan, publisher of the Effingham Herald, monitored the forum. Dahm Rahn and Alex Long, candidates for the County Commission Chairman position prepare to make their opening remarks at the beginning of the forum April 17
While waiting for the forum to begin Wednesday, a few citizens shared their opinions of the candidates or what they hoped to learn during the forums with the Herald.

“I just moved here about a year ago and am learning about the issues,” said Linda Mock of Springfield. “I’m concerned with the growth and how it’s managed; also, what small businesses need. Your paper has been very helpful. I just want to get good background information.”

“I’m here to learn about the candidates. I don’t know some of them and I want to hear what they have to say,” said Rhonda Rodewolt. Her son Daniel is a candidate for tax commissioner.

“I’m here to support Scott Varnadore for District 4 Commissioner,” said Pie Seckinger of Clyo.

“I hope everybody’s on the same page for the direction of the county,” said Jim Helmly, who was present to support his wife Beth as a candidate for District 4 Commissioner.

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