According to a letter from Greta Elmore, office manager for the Farm Bureau, all the local candidates for the state Senate, the state House of Representatives, Spalding County offices and the U.S. House of Representatives 3rd District seat (Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and his opponent Stephen Camp) have been invited to attend.
The event will also include a short presentation on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that will also be on the November ballot.
“We hope that we will have informed voters,” said Barbara Kreider, president of the bureau.
“It’s easy to find out about the national elections; it’s harder to find out information about the local candidates.”
She said she believes local elections probably affect residents much more than national elections.
“I’m hoping it will probably be the biggest one yet,” she said when asked how this forum will compare to the previous ones.
She said she has heard that voter turnout will be 80 to 90 percent and she hopes people will come to the event in order to find out who to vote for.
Although no questions will be allowed from the floor, a screening committee will review written questions for possible inclusion.
Questions can be delivered to the Farm Bureau office at 1716 Georgia Highway 16 West, Griffin, GA 30223 or via fax at 770-412-1010.
She said general-interest questions are preferable.
An ice cream social will take place after the forum to give audience members the opportunity to talk to the candidates individually.
Those interested in finding out more information can call the Farm Bureau’s main number at 770-228-2314 and speak to Elmore.