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Forum to introduce Republicans to public

Published 8:45pm Friday, March 21, 2014

The public is invited Thursday night to hear some of the candidates for state and local offices at a political forum hosted by the Tallapoosa County Republican Executive Committee.

The event will begin with barbecue at 6:30 at The Shoppes of Queens Attic on 110 Calhoun St. downtown. Then each candidate will speak for a few minutes starting at 7 p.m.

“It’s a good chance for all the familiar candidate and some of the new faces to get to know people in the area and to share their message with county voters,” said Denise Bates, chairperson of the county Republican Executive Committee. “We’re excited to get some new faces, and that most of them will be for the Congressional District or for statewide offices.”

Among the candidates who have confirmed their attendance are State Sen. Tom Whatley and Andy Carter, who will challenge him for Senate District 27 in the June Primary. Harris Garner and Clyde Chambliss, who are both vying for Senate District 30, also plan to attend, Bates said.

Auburn resident Thomas Casson will also speak about his challenge of U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers for the Third Congressional District.

Dr. Stan Cooke, a challenger of Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, will speak, and Jonathon Barbee will make his case for Alabama Public Service Commission Place 2.

A number of local candidates will also be on hand to tell voters why they are seeking offices such as county revenue commissioner, sheriff, county commission and coroner.

County Republicans submitted their full slate of candidates for the June 3 primary earlier this month. Bates said it was a record number of Republican candidates seeking elected office in the county.

It includes two challengers against Sheriff Jimmy Abbett, Jerry Whetstone and Kenny Sherrer; a challenge by Reeltown’s Joe Neal Gober against incumbent Coroner Mike Knox; Bob Daniel and Eva Middlebrooks vying for revenue commissioner; and competitive fields for commission districts 2, 3 and 5.

Bates said she’s already working on plans for a second candidate forum April 24 in Dadeville.

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