Columbia County candidate forum tonight

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Six Columbia County candidates are expected to square off tonight in a public forum, giving voters a chance to hear their views on an array of local issues.

The forum, sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and The Columbia County News-Times will be held 6 p.m., at the Evans government complex auditorium.

Candidates for two commission seats and one school board district will answer questions from the Chamber and the News-Times, and also field written questions taken from the audience.

Those who have agreed to attend the forum include incumbent county Com­mis­sion Chairman Ron Cross and his opponent Jim Bartley, a local builder and political activist.

Also, both candidates who qualified to replace outgoing District 1 Commissioner Ron Thigpen have agreed to attend. Doug Duncan, a vice president with Augusta staffing firm MAU Inc., will face Hafeez Chaudhry, a Martinez businessman and hotel developer.

The only contested race for the county Board of Education is in District 3, represented by incumbent Mike Sleeper. He will face a political newcomer, Staten Heard, a retired logistics executive who worked for General Motors and EZ-GO Textron.

Both have agreed to attend the forum.

Seating is limited, but for those who cannot attend, the News-Times will post a video of the forum on the newspaper Web site later this week.

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my.voice 04/21/14 - 10:50 am
Will Ron be doing his "walk

Will Ron be doing his "walk on water" routine?

southern2 04/21/14 - 01:30 pm
Please don't reelect Ron. I'm

Please don't reelect Ron. I'm tired of seeing his mug in my water bill.

Right on
Right on 04/21/14 - 02:43 pm
Can we settle for none of the

Can we settle for none of the above!!!! The County needs good younger leaders.

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