The forum, which has been going for more than 15 years, is a partnership between the Cherokee County Farm Bureau and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and, this year, will welcome nearly 20 candidates in city and state elections, said Farm Bureau Program Coordinator Shirley Pahl.
Each candidate will be given two minutes to address the audience and will then answer questions from the Cherokee voters in attendance, Pahl said Friday. Several sitting elected officials will also get two minutes to speak and give the audience an update of this year’s happenings in government.
Pahl said the forum, which is historically the county’s most well-attended, aims to keep voters informed.
“We want the people — the general public as well as the Chamber members and the Farm Bureau members — to hear the candidates and hear what their platform is so they will be educated on how to vote,” she said.
Cherokee Tribune Managing Editor Rebecca Johnston has been tapped to be the forum’s moderator and will pose questions written by audience members to each of the candidates.
Pahl said despite the fact that 2013 is an off-election year, the turnout is expected to be good with around 200 residents in attendance.
“I’ve got people calling every few minutes saying they’re planning to attend,” she said.
The voters turning out for the event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday will hear updates from elected officials. Those who have already responded they will be in attendance include County Commissioners Harry Johnston and Brian Poole, State Court Judge Michelle Homier, Probate Judge Keith Wood and Solicitor General Jessica K. Moss, Pahl said.
Candidates speaking will be hopefuls for open seats on the Canton City Council, Woodstock City Council, U.S. Senate, Congress and the Board of Commissioners, Pahl said, adding that more candidates could RSVP before Tuesday.