When it comes time to vote for the right candidate for the job, it’s important to make an informed decision. The Sand Mountain Reporter, the Arab Tribune and the Advertiser-Gleam are teaming up to hold a political forum on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Guntersville Town Hall so voters will have an opportunity to hear from local candidates first-hand.

There are five races for local offices being contested, and all candidates from the Democrat and Republican parties have been invited to attend. The probate judge’s office in Marshall County was contested. But, Belinda Parker withdrew her name from consideration, leaving Andrea LeCroy as the lone candidate.

A panel of editors and reporters from each of the papers created a list of questions to be asked. Kerry Chatham of Team Wealth Solutions in Guntersville will serve as the moderator.

Each candidate will have the opportunity to make some opening remarks. The candidates will then have three minutes to answer each question and the candidates will alternate who answers first.

These are the races and the candidates being invited to participate:

State House District 27

  • Democrat – Bill Jones
  • Republican – Wes Kitchens

Probate Judge

  • Republican – Andrea LeCroy

Marshall Coroner

  • Democrat – Nell Hannon
  • Republican – Cody Nugent

Marshall County School Superintendent

  • Democrat – David Jones
  • Republican – Cindy Wigley (incumbent)

Marshall School Board District 2

  • Democrat – Elizabeth Traynor
  • Republican – Brian Naugher

Marshall School Board District 3

  • Democrat – Scott Beard
  • Republican – Tony Simmons (incumbent)

The political forum will give Marshall County voters are rare opportunity to see all of the local candidates in the same place at the same time. It will also gove voters an opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on issues that affect all of our daily lives.

The general election on Nov. 6 includes constitutional offices as well as county offices. In the last three elections, Alabama voters have broken records for voter turnout.

In the March 1, 2016, primary, there were 1.25 million voters. In the Nov. 8, 2016, general election there were 2.1 million voters and in the special senate election between Roy Moore and Doug Jones, there were 1.3 million voters. That set records for a regular primary, general election and special election.

Anyone that is not registered to vote, still has plenty of time to complete the process. The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 22.

People can still visit the board or registrars office to register. But, the secretary of state’s website, sos.alabama.gov, offers voters the option of downloading, printing and mailing in voter registration.

Voters can also register online at the secretary of state’s website or download the “Vote for Alabama” app at the App Store, at VoteAlabama.com or register online at AlabamaVotes.gov.

There’s no reason not to become involved in selecting our local, state and national leaders in November. Get registrered, get informed and go vote on Nov. 6.

Our View On The Issue is an opinion of The Reporter’s editorial board that includes Publisher Kim Patterson and Managing Editor Huck Treadwell.

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