Forum will allow voters to hear from candidates

January 22, 2014 • Local News

Leadership Roswell Alumni Association will hold its 31st Candidate Forum for the residents of Roswell Monday, Feb. 3, at the First Baptist Church, 500 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

The participants include City Council candidates for Ward 1: Dusty Huckabee and Natasha Mackey; Ward 2: Jerry Heck, Caleb Grant and James Andrew MacCornack; Ward 3: Art Sandoval and Joe Green; Ward 4: Jason Perry; and Ward 5: Barry Foster and Tabitha Denny. The two mayoral candidates, incumbent Del Jurney and former State Rep. Dennis Kintigh, will also face off.

The event [auth] starts at 6:30 p.m. However, each candidate will set a table with campaign literature at 6 p.m. The Candidate Forum is sponsored by the Roswell Daily Record and the First Baptist Church. It will be broadcast on Channel 75.

Judy Stubbs, former city councilor and past president of Leadership Roswell, explained that the Candidate Forum is not a debate. A panel prepares questions appropriate to the position, and each candidate is given a chance to respond.

The date is set to provide candidates the opportunity to meet with voters before early voting, which begins on Feb. 12.

“Our goal is to present candidates in a positive light. Rick Kraft will act as moderator, as he has done since its inception,” said Stubbs.

Kraft is not only a graduate of Leadership Roswell, he is also the volunteer executive director for the LR Alumni Association.

The wards will be paired off. The wards will also be ordered randomly rather than numerically. Mayoral candidates will speak last. The City Council candidates will have four questions to answer while the mayoral candidates will have seven.

“Each will have the opportunity for an introduction, with an opening and closing statement,” Stubbs said.

She invites everyone to come and observe, but they will not have time for questions from the audience.

LRAA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the graduates of Leadership Roswell. In the past 16 years, the Candidate Forum has presented 326 candidates for 160 different positions. Forums cover city, county, state and federal candidates in both primary and general elections.

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