Local candidates vying for office in the upcoming primary elections were given an opportunity to speak to constituents Monday night in Centre as the Cherokee County Education Association and the Cherokee County Education Support Professionals hosted a political forum on Monday evening at the Cherokee County Career & Technology Center.
Candidates that were present included; Mack Butler, Craig Ford and Andrew Jones who are all running for Senate in District 10. Andrew Hairston, Scott Lloyd and Jeff McCurdy who are running for the position of Circuit Judge in Cherokee and DeKalb Counties, that seat is currently held by Judge Randall Cole who is retiring at the end of his term.
Other candidates included; Ginny Shaver who is seeking the post of State Representative in District 39 currently held by longtime incumbent Richard Lindsey who is not seeking election, Kimball Parker who is seeking reelection for the Cherokee County Commission, Board of Education candidates Erica Brown, Suzanne Bishop, Michael Westbrook, Lisa McKissick and Jayla McElrath and candidates for Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver and Centre Police Officer Josh Sipsy who spoke on behalf of candidate Kirk Blankenship who could not be present due to a prior engagement.
The candidates were given three to five minutes to talk about their respective campaigns and what they would be doing to support education.
Coming up on Thursday the Spring Creek Fire Department will be hosting a Candidate Forum at the Cherokee Health & Rehab Activity Center on Dean Buttram Avenue in Centre.
Both state and local candidates will be speaking – light refreshments will be served starting at 5:30pm with speaking set to begin at 6:30.
For more information contact Jeremy Goodwin at (256) 706-0148.