Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 18, 2012

Forums shed light on candidates

VALDOSTA — The general election is right around the corner, and in two weeks, the decision will be made on who will lead this country for the next four years. The candidates for president have faced off now in two debates, with a third and final debate scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22, focusing on foreign policy.

The local elections will also decide a number of key positions in Lowndes County for the next four years, including who will be the new county commission chairman with current chairman Ashley Paulk’s decision not to seek re-election.

Although early voting began on Monday of this week, those who are still undecided who to cast their ballot for will have three opportunities to hear the local candidates discuss issues, their reasons for running and qualifications, and be questioned by moderators. All three events are open to the public and there may be opportunities for questions from audience members as well.

It’s easy to get excited about a television debate between the presidential contenders, but the local candidates will have as much if not more impact on this community and its citizens as the national candidates. If you are undecided, or simply want to get to know more about the individuals running for local office, these three opportunities, beginning tonight, will give you that chance.

Thursday, Oct. 18

7 p.m.

Rainwater Conference Center, Norman Drive

Sponsored by: NewsTalk 105.9 and the Home Builders Association of South Georgia.

Monday, Oct. 22

7 p.m.

Serenity Church, 1619 N. Lee St.

Sponsored by: The 30 Club of Valdosta

Wednesday, Oct. 24

7 p.m.

Valdosta High School Performing Arts Center,

N. Forrest St.

Sponsored by: The American Association of University Women

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