Forum to focus on local run-offs

Published 5:50 pm Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A political forum featuring run-off candidates in the races for Chilton County Sheriff and Chilton County Superintendent of Education will be held Thursday, July 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Clanton’s Jeff State campus.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce, radio station The Peach and Jefferson State Community College. It will be held in a tiered classroom on the first floor of the school building located at 1850 Lay Dam Road.

Seating is limited to about 100 people, but the forum will also be broadcast live on 95.5 FM The Peach.

“We have some important decisions to make on Tuesday, July 13, and anything we can do to further inform voters, we’re more than happy to do it,” said Pennie Broussard, executive director of the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce.

Participating will be Republican run-off candidates for sheriff, incumbent Kevin Davis and John Shearon; and Republican candidates for superintendent, Tommy Glasscock and David Hayden.

The winner of the sheriff’s run-off will face Democratic candidate Terry Wilson in the upcoming General Election, while the winner of the superintendent’s run-off will face Democratic candidate Jason Griffin and independent Louise Pitts.

Guin Robinson of Jeff State will serve as the moderator in Thursday’s forum. Attendees are also welcome to submit questions but must do so in writing prior to the start of the event.

“We have planned questions, but if time permits, the moderator will read questions from the audience,” Broussard said.

Each candidate will be allowed two minutes for an introduction and 90 seconds to respond to each question.

The radio broadcast of the forum will be presented commercial-free.

“We’re excited that The Peach is going to do a live remote from there,” Broussard said, encouraging all voters to either attend or tune in live.

The Chilton Leadership class, co-sponsored by the Extension and the Chamber, is planning another forum prior to the General Election this fall, but the time and date have not been set.

For more information, call the Extension at 280-6268 or the Chamber at 755-2400.