There could be a more than a few fireworks Thursday night in Flemington when the Liberty County NAACP hosts a candidate forum from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center. The public is invited.
In addition to state and national races, four seats are open on the Liberty County Board of Education and all are contested.
Those seeking posts include incumbent BoE Chairwoman Lily Baker and challenger Scott Carrier; District 4 challengers Karen Branson, Jim Johns and Annette Payne; District 5 incumbent Marcus Scott IV and challenger Chante’ Baker Martin, and District 6 incumbent Dr. Yvette Keel and challenger Donita Strickland.
All but Scott have accepted invitations to appear at the forum, according to Liberty NAACP President Graylan Quarterman.
Other candidates expected to be at the forum include Democrats Lisa Ring and Barbara Seidman, each of whom hopes to earn their party’s nomination to face incumbent U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, in November.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Urbach, state school superintendent hopeful Sonia Francis-Rolle, insurance commissioner hopeful Janice Laws, and Alicia Scott Forward, who is running for Georgia House District 164, have also agreed to attend, Quarterman said.