A political forum will be held on July 1 at 7 p.m. at the South Effingham High School, featuring the candidates in the contested county races in the July 15 primary. The candidates will be questions by a panel of citizens on their qualifications for the office and what their plans for serving in the capacities they seek.
The candidates for the contested offices are: for tax commissioner — Frank Arden and Linda McDaniel; for sheriff, Jimmy McDuffie and Rick Gossett. All other candidates (unopposed) in the July 15 primary and the candidates in the Nov. 4 general election have been invited to attend and will be recognized by name as part of the program.
The panel of questioners will be: Effingham Democratic Party Chairperson Gussie Nease, Effingham Republican Party Chairperson Mickey Kicklighter, Effingham Herald Publisher Karen Tanksley and Effingham Now Editor Wayne Hodgin. The panel will be moderated by Warren Ratchford.
“We are sponsoring this forum as public service to the citizens of Effingham County,” said LIFE president Alan Zipperer.
“It is important for citizens to hear what the candidates say about themselves and the issues facing the county. Citizen participation in elections and everyday government make for better government for all citizens.
“This may be your only chance to hear and talk to the candidates personally. We will have an informal ‘meet and greet’ period following the forum to allow citizens to talk to candidates personally. We invite and urge you to join us on Tuesday night and hear the candidates for these two vital offices in our community and be able to talk to the other unopposed candidates. It is anticipated that the forum will last approximately one and one-half hours.”
LIFE, Leaders Improving the Future of Effingham, is a limited liability corporation and a registered political action committee in Effingham County.