Meet the Candidates event scheduled for Tuesday

Published 3:29 pm Monday, May 19, 2014

Residents living in Chilton County will have the opportunity to hear from local candidates in this year’s election at a “Meet the Candidates” event Tuesday at Clanton City Hall at 6:30 p.m.

The Chilton County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the political forum, which allows candidates the opportunity to answer questions previously submitted by the public.

“We asked individuals to submit questions they might have for the candidates through different outlets including e-mail or Facebook,” Chilton County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Van Forrester said. “We prepared the questions and went ahead and sent them to the candidates so they could prepare their answers for the forum.”

Chilton County District Court Judge Rhonda Hardesty will serve as the moderator.

Forrester said each candidate running for local offices has indicated they will participate.

“Everyone has said they will come,” Forrester said. “We will also have Chilton County Circuit Judge Sibley Reynolds representing the Healthcare Authority answering questions regarding the sales tax for the hospital.”

Candidates running for Chilton County Sheriff, Chilton County Revenue Commissioner, Chilton County Schools Superintendent and representatives for State Representative District No. 42 will answer questions with two minutes to answer the question and two minutes for follow-up.

Forrester said candidates running for Chilton County Coroner will also attend the forum and address the public on why they are running for the position.

The public will not have the opportunity to address the candidates with questions at the forum.

Chamber Consultant Janice Hull said the public submitted between 12-20 questions for Tuesday night’s forum.

“We think we have a good sampling,” Hull said. “We have been getting some questions about whether the forum will be available on the radio, but this forum will not be on the radio. We expect a large turnout though.”

Both Forrester and Hull anticipate the event will last less than two hours.

“The questions will be timed so we aren’t anticipating it to go over two hours,” Forrester said.

Forrester said the forum serves as an opportunity for the public to get to know the candidates before heading to the polls this year.

“If you don’t have a good idea about someone running for a particular office, this is a great time to come and find out about them,” Forrester said.

The Primary Election will be held in Chilton County on June 3 and the General Election will be held Nov. 4.