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Public invited to hear candidates in forums next week

 

NATCHEZ — With the Aug. 6 primary election day fast approaching, the Natchez Chamber of Commerce is hosting two nights of forums at the Natchez Convention Center to allow Adams County voters to hear from their candidates.

Some 50-plus candidates, some of whom are stepping into the voters’ line of sight for the first time, are vying for 15 countywide offices.

Chamber president, Debbie Hudson said the convention center doors would be open starting at 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday while candidates who would not be speaking during the forums would have tables set up in the foyer.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Hudson said each of 17 candidates for Adams County Supervisors’ positions would have a two-minute introduction, answer three to four questions and have a one-minute closing statement.

The same pattern would continue at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday starting with candidates for Adams County Sheriff followed by Adams County Circuit Clerk, Adams County Tax Assessor and Adams County Tax Collector, Hudson said.

For time saving purposes, Hudson said all questions would be pre-selected by a committee from questions that had been submitted by the community prior to the forums.

“This is a great way for the Chamber of Commerce to help educate the public on our candidates,” Hudson said. “If you have one person in mind, this is an opportunity for you to see how they fare with their opponents. The second night, three races will be represented that have all new candidates, so that is of big interest to the public. People will have the opportunity to hear from many of them for the first time.”

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