GOP candidates to gather for 2 more forums
by Megan Thornton
July 11, 2012 02:10 AM | 2644 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Voters will have two more opportunities to meet Cherokee County political candidates this political season with forums scheduled both in Canton and Macedonia.

On Wednesday, July 25, the Republican Women of Cherokee County will host a forum for all county races at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center from 6 to 9 p.m.

Lori Pesta, president of the organization, said Tuesday that 26 candidates have confirmed their attendance. The deadline for candidates to RSVP is Sunday.

The forum will allow each candidate an equal amount of time to present their platform. Pesta said audience members can fill out questions upon arrival that will be read to the candidates during the forum.

The event is open to the public. For more information, visit or call Pesta at (678) 520-2236.

On Thursday, July 26, the Macedonia Elementary School PTA will host an informational session with school board candidates as well as both Senate District 21 candidates, Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) and his opponent Brandon Beach.

Both Post 2 candidates, incumbent Kim Cochran and Patsy Jordan, and both Post 1 candidates, Kelly Marlow and Kyla Cromer, will be there to answer audience questions.

School Board Chairman candidate and current Vice Chairwoman Janet Read will also attend, but notably absent from the list of attendees is Read’s challenger Danny Dukes.

Dukes said Tuesday that he is “stretched thin” that week, as he has already committed to his debate with the Cherokee County Republican Party that Monday night and the Republican Women’s event that Wednesday as well as other business commitments.

“I’ve told (organizers) I’m not going to solidly commit (to attending the Macedonia forum), but I’m not going to say no either,” Dukes said.

Amy Upchurch, Macedonia PTA Vice President, said this forum is the group’s first.

“We felt like this year was a particularly critical year with the Post 2 candidacy up,” Upchurch said. “We wanted to make sure parents had every opportunity to learn about candidates so they can make a good decision about who best represents the needs of our children.”

Upchurch said the PTA group decided to invite the Senate candidates to the event so parents could learn more about their local senator’s role in public education, especially in light of the November vote on House Resolution 1162, which would give a state agency the power to create and fund new charter schools without the approval of local school boards.

The event will be held in the school’s gymnasium, located at 10370 East Cherokee Drive in Canton at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit

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