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Candidates to stump in Statesboro
Contenders scheduled to speak Saturday at Farmer's Market
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The 2010 Leadership Bulloch class is sponsoring an old-fashioned political “stump meeting” Saturday at the Statesboro Farmer’s Market.

The stump meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Sea Island Bank, in the area where local vendors hold the Farmer’s Market.

Speakers will include candidates for the U.S. Senate, 12th Congressional District; governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state school superintendent, public service commissioner and agricultural commissioner.

Some of the candidates slated to appear are former governor and current Democrat nominee for governor Roy Barnes, Republican congressional candidate Ray McKinney and local state legislator candidates Jack Hill, Jon Burns, Butch Parrish and Jan Tankersley.

The candidates will speak on a first come, first served basis, and a moderator will introduce the speaker before each five- minute speech. Security will be provided by Statesboro Police and Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department.

The purpose of the event is “helping get state candidates here and exposing Statesboro and Bulloch County, letting them ( the candidates) know what we are all about,” said Russell Keen, director of Governmental Relations at Georgia Southern University. The stump meeting is also an effort to “engage the community and help citizens become more aware and knowledgeable of the candidates.”

Also sponsored by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Leadership Bulloch 2010 class, the event is intended to lure more visitors to  the downtown area to not only help connect candidates to the citizens, but bring more awareness about the Mainstreet Statesboro Farmer’s Market. The market draws vendors and shoppers from Statesboro and surrounding areas, and has had crowds of more than 2,000 during special events, Keen said.

The Mainstreet Statesboro Farmer’s Market will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Schedule of Stump speakers
Candidate Name                    Office                                            Time Slot
Roy E. Barnes - D               Governor                                     9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Jack Hill - R                        State Senator, 4th District             9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Casey Cagle - R                  Lieutenant Governor                     9:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
J.B. Powell - D                    Commissioner of Agriculture        9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Carol Porter - D                   Lieutenant Governor                    10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Ray McKinney - R               US Representative, District 12     10 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Ralph T. Hudgens - R          Commissioner of Insurance          10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Will Costa - L                       Commissioner of Labor              10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Jon Burns - R                       State Representative                  10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Joe Martin - D                      State School Superintendent        10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Kevin Cherry - L                   Commissioner of Agriculture      11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
John H. Monds - L                 Governor                                  11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Chuck Donovan - L                U.S. Senator                             11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
James "Jim" Sendelbach - L    Public Service Commission        11:30 a.m.- noon
Mark Butler - R                     Commissioner of Labor              11:30 a.m.-noon
Jan Tankersley - R                 State Representative                  11:30 a.m.-noon
Tim Echols  - R                     Public Service Commission          noon-12:30 p.m.
John Barge - R                      State School Superintendent        noon-12:30 p.m.
Darryl Hicks - D                   Commissioner of Labor               noon-12:30 p.m.

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