Chilton County Republicans hosting candidate forum

Published 3:22 pm Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Chilton County Republican Party will be hosting a candidate forum April 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Corner Park in Clanton.

Corner Park is located at the intersection of Second Avenue and Sixth Street North.

According to C.J. Robinson, the chairman of the Chilton County Republicans, 60 candidates have confirmed they will be in attendance for the event. The list includes both local and statewide candidates.

“A representative for Gov. Kay Ivey will be here in her stead,” he said. “Everyone else will be here in person.”

According to Robinson, the list of candidates that will be in attendance includes someone running for almost every office that will be on the ballot during the Republican primary on June 5.

That includes candidates for such state offices as governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer.

The forum will include candidates running for local offices, such as House Districts 42 and 81, probate judge, sheriff, coroner, superintendent and multiple board of education hopefuls.

“I originally set up the forum to include only local candidates,” Robinson said. “I looked at the state GOP, and everyone seemed wide open. I reached out to them, and within 24 hours, my inbox was full. The response floored me. We went from having 20 local candidates to 60.”

Each candidate will have three minutes to address the public. The candidates will be allowed space to set up tables or booths with campaign materials.

Hot dogs and water will be provided for those attending.

Robinson said previous forums have been held at Goose Pond Park. He said the setup at Corner Park would be reminiscent of past Peach Jams at the downtown location.

“We wanted to do it outside, so hoping the weather will cooperate is the biggest concern,” he said. “We hope we get a good crowd. I am really excited. It’s a great opportunity for people to come meet the candidates. Chilton County’s location at the center of the state is one of its biggest assets, and we wanted the candidates who were passing through to come meet some voters instead of just making a pit stop here.”