Wide ranging candidate forum Tuesday

The opportunity to see, hear and meet more than a 20 candidates running for local and statewide offices is being presented by the Farm Bureau on Tuesday near Ball Ground.

Since the end of qualifying in March, there have been forums and meet-and-greet events across the county, but the Farm Bureau’s forum brings candidates of all parties, as well as non-partisan judicial races together in the same location.

The public is invited and those wanting to attend are asked to RSVP today by email or phone to sfpahl@gfb.org or 770- 479-1481 ext. 0.

Cagle’s Family Farm is at 5267 Conns Creek Road near Ball Ground. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from candidates who are running with opposition, and after all candidates are introduced they will hear questions from the audience. Boy Scout Troop 465 will serve homemade ice cream. Cherokee County Farm Bureau will provide soft drinks, water and peanuts.

As of Thursday, the candidates who had accepted invitations to attend included:

 Governor — Hunter Hill, Brian Kemp, Ted Metz and Michael Williams

 Lt. Governor — Geoff Duncan

Secretary of state — Smythe Duval 

Commissioner of agriculture — Fred Swann

 Commissioner of insurance — Jim Beck and Donnie Foster

 State school superintendent — Sam Mosteller and Richard Woods

 Public Service Commission, District 3 — Ryan Graham

 Public Service Commission, District 5 — John Turpish

 U.S. Representative, 11th District — Flynn Broady and Barry Loudermilk

 State Senate, District 56 — Patrick Thompson

 State House, District 22 — Wes Cantrell and Charles Ravenscraft

 State House, District 23 — Mandi Ballinger

 Cherokee County solicitor general — Todd Hayes and Sarah Hobson

 Superior Court judge — Tony Baker

 State Court Judge — Michelle Homier

 Cherokee County Commission chairman — Harry Johnston and Stanley Townsend

 Cherokee County Commission, District 4 — Corey Ragsdale

Party primaries are on May 22, as are non-partisan races for state court judge and superior court judge. The early voting period begins on Monday.

Cherokee Tribune
Staff Report