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Candidate forum set for April 19
Jaycees to bring sheriff, probate court, Superior Court candidates to OTC stage
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Political candidates seeking election in three local races will face off Tuesday, April 19 in a debate held at Ogeechee Technical College in the Joseph Kennedy Building auditorium.

Eleven candidates – three running for Bulloch County sheriff, five seeking the Bulloch County probate judge seat and three aiming for election to the superior court judge seat –will take the stage from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to answer questions from the public in the event hosted by the Statesboro Jaycees in partnership with the Statesboro Herald.

Qualified candidates for these offices are invited to participate in the forum. Candidates seeking election to the Superior Court judge seat (to be vacated Dec. 31 by incumbent Judge John R. Turner) are local attorney Martha Hall; Mickey Kicklighter, former chief assistant district attorney for the Atlantic Judicial Circuit and Michael Muldrew, assistant district attorney for the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit.

Candidates qualified to run for Bulloch County probate judge are local attorney Charlie Aaron, legal assistant Lorna DeLoach, military veteran Lonnie Ellis, police investigator Kevin Wadley, and former high school principal Marty Waters. Incumbent Probate Judge Lee DeLoach plans to retire Dec. 31 and did not seek reelection.

Seeking election as Bulloch County’s sheriff, taking the seat to be vacated by current Sheriff Lynn Anderson’s retirement Dec. 31, are Keith Howard, former state trooper and former Jenkins County Sheriff’s deputy; Bulloch County Sheriff’s Sgt. Noel Brown and Bulloch County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jared Akins.

Akins and Brown are each running on the Republican ticket. The winner of the primary in May will face Howard, running as Democrat, in November.

 According to Amy Taylor, Statesboro Jaycees forum committee chair, the community organization for young professionals ages 21-40, supported her when she presented the idea of an open candidate forum in partnership with the Statesboro Herald.

We are excited to put this forum together for the community to continue the past hosting efforts of the Statesboro Herald,” she said. “We saw a need to continue a platform where candidates could speak about the issues that matter to them. It's all about giving back to our community and educating the voters.”

WTOC TV host commentator Dal Cannady will moderate the forum. To submit questions, email them to statesborojaycees@gmail.com by April 15. Those attending the debate will also be able to submit questions for consideration during the forum

The debate will be streamed live on www.statesboroherald.com and available for later viewing on Facebook pages of the Statesboro Herald, Statesboro Magazine, and Statesboro Jaycees.

Anyone not yet registered to vote will be able to do so with on-site voter registration at the forum. Registration on this date will allow votes to participate in time for the May 24, 2016, Georgia Primaries.

 “The Statesboro Jaycees are excited to host this worthwhile event,” said Alex Brown, Statesboro Jaycees president. “Our hope is that this forum will allow our community to get to know the candidates for each of these offices so voters can make well-informed, educated decisions come election day.  We look forward to learning more about each candidate’s vision for our community.”

Statesboro Jaycees, having deep roots in Bulloch County since 1939, re-organized in October 2014. The organization has 35 members who strive to make a difference in Bulloch County through community service and fundraisers.

Anyone between the ages 21-40 and interested in joining the group or would like more information on upcoming events may ‘like’ the club’s Facebook page, visit www.StatesboroJaycees.com, or send email to statesborojaycees@gmail.com.

 

 

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