In July, just a few weeks before the August 30 Primary elections for 2016, the public will have two chances to hear from the candidates, in order to help voters make up their minds about who they wish to represent them in government. The first event, sponsored by the Jackson County TIMES, the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Credit of Northwest Florida, the Jackson County Farm Bureau and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. The second event, sponsored by the Jackson County NAACP, is scheduled for Sunday, July 31, at 5 p.m.
The first event, the Forum, is open to all candidates; the second event, the Debate sponsored by the NAACP, is limited to candidates for county commission and superintendent of schools.
At the first event on July 26, all candidates will be given three minutes to speak at Chipola College’s Prough Arts Center, located at the Caverns Road/Prough Drive intersection. A meet and greet will take place from 5:30-6 p.m. and the Forum will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. There will not be any questions, event organizers say, and the three-minute limit will be strictly enforced. A capacity crowd is expected. Candidates will speak by political race starting with local or county races and followed by state and then federal races. Candidates will speak in alphabetical order by last name.
A representative of the Florida Farm Bureau will MC the Forum and the TIMES will be responsible for publicity. The Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Credit and the chamber will organize the event. A comprehensive program guide will be published by the TIMES which will be not only distributed at the event but published as an insert in the newspaper the week before the event. All candidates who wish to be included in the program guide may contact Shelia Mader at 850-718-6674. The ad deadline is July 5. The newspaper also can be reached at .
The July 31 event hosted by the NAACP will take place at 5 p.m. at the Jackson County Agriculture Center on US Hwy 90 West. The NAACP is inviting everyone to submit questions to Jackson County NAACP, P.O. Box 525, Marianna, Fla., 32447 or by email: . The deadline for question submission is July 24. For more information, call 850-696-0599. The “Candidate Debate” is for those running for school superintendent or county commission only. The event will be moderated by Ronstance Pittman and Royce Reagan.
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