For­mat of Thurs­day's candidates' fo­rum an­nounced

Candidates in 9 races ex­pected to at­tend event

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The Cov­ing­ton News and the New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce have organized and will present a candidates’ fo­rum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Turner Lake Recre­ation Fa­cil­ity.

“Not only is this an im­por­tant na­tional elec­tion year, but with the cur­rent state of the econ­omy, it’s im­por­tant that you un­der­stand what your lo­cal candidates have to say,” said T. Pat Ca­vanaugh, gen­eral man­ager of The Cov­ing­ton News.

Each of the 18 lo­cal candidates up for elec­tion will ap­pear at the fo­rum and be asked ques­tions posed by The News and the cham­ber.

“The ques­tions that will be asked by mod­er­a­tors, Pub­lisher of The News Charles Hill Mor­ris and Cham­ber Pres­i­dent John Boothby, will ad­dress the most press­ing lo­cal is­sues that the new elected of­fi­cials will have to deal with if elected to rep­re­sent you,” Ca­vanaugh said.

Be­cause of time re­straints ques­tions will not be taken from the au­di­ence.

Each can­di­date will have the op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce him­self or her­self for 30 sec­onds.

Chair­man, com­mis­sioner and sher­iff candidates will be asked three ques­tions and will have two min­utes to re­spond to each ques­tion.

Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, tax com­mis- sioner, state rep­re­sen­ta­tive and state se­na­tor candidates will be asked two ques­tions and will have two min­utes to re­spond to each ques­tion.

Candidates will be no­ti­fied by a sig­nal when they have 10 sec­onds left in their re­sponse and will be promptly stopped by the mod­er­a­tor if they ex­ceed the re­sponse time limit.

Wa­ter and light re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided, al­though the sched­ule does not al­low for an in­ter­mis­sion.

The New­ton County Farm Bureau is a sup­port­ing spon­sor of the event.

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