MOULTRIE -- The Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce will host a contested general election candidates forum Thursday evening (tonight) at 5:30 p.m. at the courthouse annex.

The chamber's governmental relations arm is sponsoring the forum. The public is invited to attend to hear where the candidates in contested races stand on the issues important to the community.

The U.S. House of Representatives is in session; therefore, Rep. Sanford Bishop won't be able to make the event but will be represented by his District Director Kenneth Cutts. Georgia Court of Appeal runoff candidates were invited to attend; however, they too are unavailable.

Local candidates scheduled to participate are: Democrat incumbent Jerry S. Meister and Republican J.A. Robinson running for Colquitt County School Board, Dist. 2; Republican David Tyndall and Democrat Jimmy Taylor for Colquitt County School Board, Dist. 3; Democrat incumbent Ray Norman and Republican Rebecca C. Whitaker for Colquitt County Commission, Dist. 2; and Democrat incumbent Merle C. Hall and Republican Marion Hay for Colquitt County Commission, Dist 6.

In state races, Republican incumbent Sen. John Bulloch, of Ochlocknee, and Democrat Murray Campbell, of Camilla, will respond to questions regarding the 11th District of Georgia. Republican incumbent Ed Rynders of Albany and Democrat Earleen W. Sizemore of Worth County will address issues concerning State House of Representatives, Dist. 152. Incumbent Democrat Penny Houston and Republican Travis Harper will discuss issues affecting State House of Representatives, Dist. 170.

Dave Eversman, Republican challenger to Bishop, and Cutts will respond to questions regarding congressional affairs.

Forum questions will be compiled from community submissions to the chamber and the Moultrie Observer. Candidates will have 90 seconds to respond to each of two questions and will have two minutes for closing remarks.

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