Political hopefuls give answers during Leadership Roswell forum

May 15, 2012 • Local News

Members of the Boy Scouts participate in the opening ceremony of the 29th Leadership Roswell Alumni Association candidate forum. (Julia Bergman Photo)

Some are vying to retain their current positions, others are hoping to outseat their competitors in hopes of providing new perspective, but no matter the objective, 12 Republican hopefuls seeking six contested area positions in the upcoming primary were present at the 29th Leadership Roswell Alumni Association candidate forum Monday evening. There are no contested Democratic primary races in this area.

The primary election will take place June 5. The LRAA plans to conduct a forum in the fall for the general election, which will include statewide positions.

The LRAA has now asked questions of 320 candidates seeking 155 positions. Candidates running for the same positions were asked the same questions, which they were unaware of ahead of time.

Some questions prompted contentious answers. Incumbent District Attorney Janetta Hicks and attorney Janet Ellis, who are competing for the position of district attorney in the 5th Judicial District, shared differing views on the current relationship between the DA’s office and law enforcement.

“The relationship between the law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office has improved dramatically since I’ve been district attorney. It’s not perfect, but it’s better,” Hicks said. Login to read more

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