Manchester Times, Thunder Radio to host candidate forum

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 5:00 am

To better inform the electorate before the Aug. 7 County General and Manchester Municipal Elections, the Manchester Times, in partnership with Thunder Radio, will be hosting a candidate forum event from 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center – 147 Hospitality Blvd.

“We feel like this event is the perfect opportunity for voters to educate themselves on the candidates before casting their votes Aug. 7,” said Times editor Josh Peterson. “Local elections such as this one are vital to our community and we hope that everyone takes the time to exercise their right and duty to vote.”

In total, 23 candidates from seven county-wide races and one city race have been invited to participate in the event. Candidates for District Attorney General, Manchester Alderman and Coffee County Mayor have been invited to participate in a question-and-answer session with Peterson and Thunder Radio’s Lucky Knott, who will serve as moderators.

“All of the races for political office in our county are important. But we have chosen a select few for deeper examination to ensure voters are able to make educated choices,” said Peterson. “We will present carefully-selected questions for the candidates to answer.”

Candidates for District Attorney – incumbent Mickey Layne (D) and challenger Craig Northcott (R) – will take the stage from 5-5:30 p.m. for a forum session with Peterson and Knott.

Eight candidates for alderman – incumbent Cheryl Swan, Nelson Watson, Claude Morse, Tim Kilgore, Lana Sain, Chris Robison, Gary Trail and Sam Miller – have been invited to the event and will participate in a forum session between 6-7 p.m.

Tim Brown and Gary Cordell, candidates for Coffee County Mayor, are scheduled to close the evening with a forum from 8-8:30 p.m.

Candidates for Coffee County Trustee, General Sessions Judge, Register of Deeds, Road Superintendent and County Clerk will be speaking on stage between forum events and will be given tables to set up throughout the building to speak with potential voters.

The event, sponsored by the Manchester Times and Thunder Radio, is free to attend and is free for candidates who are invited to participate.  Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Peterson at 931-728-7577 ext. 105.

Speaking schedule for candidate forum

4:30-4:34 – Don Nicoll – candidate for county clerk

4:35-4:39 – Teressa McFadden – incumbent candidate for county clerk

4:40-4:44 – Leann Partin – candidate for register of deeds

4:45-4:49 – Donna Toney – candidate for register of deeds

5-5:30 – District Attorney Forum – incumbent Mickey Layne and Craig Northcott

5:35-5:39 – Benton Bartlett – candidate for road superintendent

5:40-5:44 – Scott Hansert -  candidate for road superintendent

5:45-5:49 – Steve Moran – candidate for road superintendent

6-7 – Alderman Forum – incumbent Cheryl Swan, Tim Kilgore, Claude Morse, Nelson Watson, Lana Sain, Gary Trail, Sam Miller, Chris Robison

7:05 – 7:09 – Jason Huskey – candidate for General Sessions Judge

7:10-7:14 – Jere Ledsinger – incumbent candidate for General Sessions Judge

7:15-7:19 – Rodney Banks – candidate for Trustee

7:20-7:24 – John Marchesoni – candidate for Trustee

7:30-8 – County Mayor Forum – Tim Brown and Gary Cordell

Times are subject to change based on candidate participation

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