The Cherokee County Farm Bureau and the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Political Forum at 6:30 p.m. June 21. The forum will be under the wooden pavilion at Cagle’s Family Farm, at 362 Stringer Road in the Hickory Flat community.
All local, state and national candidates running for office in 2012 are invited to attend, said event coordinator Shirley Pahl of the Farm Bureau.
Candidates with opposition will have an opportunity to speak. Candidates with no opposition will be introduced.
“Candidate forums, like the one being co-sponsored by the Chamber and Cherokee County Farm Bureau, are designed to educate voters on candidates and issues,” said Pam Carnes, president and CEO of the Cherokee Chamber. “Actually interacting with candidates can provide an entirely different level of insight than simply learning about them through mailings and word of mouth. Getting to know the folks that could ultimately be serving on your behalf is vital.”
Those in attendance will have time to meet and greet the candidates before and after the forum.
“In 1937, the Georgia Farm Bureau, like any worthwhile organization, was born of a need — the need for a united voice for legislation and for a cooperative marketing of farmers’ production,” Pahl said. “The same need exists today after 75 years. Cherokee County Farm Bureau sponsors a Political Forum every year so our Farm Bureau members and the general public can hear from the candidates and decide the best candidate to vote for.”
Boy Scout Troop 465 will serve homemade ice cream. Organizers ask that those planning to attend call Cherokee County Farm Bureau at (770) 479-1481, ext. 0, to RSVP.
On Monday night, the third in a series of debates sponsored by the Cherokee Republican Party is scheduled. Candidates for state House District 20 and state House District 21 are on the agenda for the upcoming debate. All debates are on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at the GOP Headquarters at 1428 Towne Lake Parkway in Woodstock.
On June 18, the slate will include the uncontested coroner’s race, Board of Commissioners District 3 race with candidates Christopher Hampton and Brian Poole and Board of Education District 1 candidates Kyla Cromer and Kelly Marlow.
For June 25, district attorney candidate Shannon Wallace, who is unopposed, will have 15 minutes to speak, then Board of Education chair candidates Danny Dukes and Janet Read will square off.
The final bout of the evening will be between Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) and challenger Brandon Beach for the District 21 race.
July 9 debates by the GOP will feature unopposed Probate Judge Keith Wood and unopposed Clerk of Superior Court Patty Baker. The big debate of the night will be for new state representative for District 23. Mandi Ballinger, Dean Sheridan, Alan Shinall and Harold Welchel are running.
On July 16, state Senate District 14 incumbent Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville), Cherokee Chief Magistrate Judge James Drane, County Surveyor Ron Wikle and state Sen. John Albers, who are all unopposed for their respective seats, will get a chance to introduce themselves.
Judges in nonpartisan races for Superior Court Judge David Cannon and Mark Shriver, who are facing off against each other, and Judge Ellen McElyea, who is unopposed, will each get 15 minutes to speak.
In the nonpartisan State Court judges races, Michelle Homier and Jeff Rusbridge, along with Dee Morris, who is unopposed in his re-election bid, will also each speak for up to 15 minutes.
The final debate of the season is set for July 23 with state House District 46 incumbent Rep. John Carson and Martin Hawley and U.S. House District 11 Congressman Phil Gingrey, William Llop and Michael Opitz on the agenda for the evening.