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City candidate forum Friday
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Candidates in the Hinesville mayoral and city council seat races only have one forum to go before Election Day on Nov. 6
The Liberty County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host the final political forum of the 2007 election season at 6 p.m. Friday in the Brewton-Parker College auditorium.
The event will give the city’s 16 candidates one last opportunity to meet voters, announce their platforms and address issues of concern to both the residents of specific districts and the Hinesville general public.
“This forum will provide the audience with an opportunity to see the candidates for themselves,” Liberty County Branch NAACP President Liston Singletary said, “especially since we have some new candidates involved in this upcoming election.”
Audience members will have a chance to weigh-in on the debate by filling out “Question for the Candidate” forms that will be available as attendees enter the BPC auditorium.
Concerned residents unable to attend the event can also have a voice in the discussion by going to the Coastal Courier’s online blog community, clicking on the blog, “I’d Like to Ask...,” and posting a question.
“The audience is one of the driving forces behind us sponsoring the political forum. Their voices represent the community at large and we encourage their input in advance to help facilitate meaningful dialog,” Singletary said about including questions from the public in the debate. “After all, who is more in tune with the issues that affect them? We can assure the participants that their voices will be heard.”
Organizers are pushing for more residents in the 18 to 30-year-old age group to come out and take part in the political process, but the free forum is open to community members of all ages.
Singletary said he hopes Hinesville citizens will attend the forum to remind candidates of their responsibilities to the public as well as educate themselves about the issues facing the city as it continues to grow.
“Public officials need to know that they are empowered by the people and as such, it’s up to the people to hold them accountable ... Much is at stake in this upcoming election and we want the people to take advantage of this opportunity to become enlightened about some of the critical issues that affect our community,” he said.
For more information on the forum, call the Liberty County Chapter of the NAACP main office at 884-7334 or visit the organization’s Web site at
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