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City Council, sheriff and House 44 candidates to speak at public forum

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By Jesef Williams

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Voters will have a chance to hear local candidates discuss issues at the Before You Vote – 2012 Candidate Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The forum, set to begin at 6 p.m., will be held at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive.
The forum is free and open to the public.
Candidates for S.C. House District 44, Lancaster City Council and Lancaster County sheriff will speak that night.
Democrat Barry Faile, who’s seeking re-election as sheriff, is scheduled to appear first Tuesday. Scott Case, his Republican opponent, has announced he will not attend the forum, due to a prior commitment.
Then it’s on to the three Lancaster City Council races.
Incumbent Linda Blackmon-Brace and Jackie Harris, candidates for District 3, will answer questions. Following them will be the two candidates for District 4 – Jean Cureton and incumbent Tamara Green Garris.
Sara Eddins, the incumbent candidate for District 6, will then come on. She’s running unopposed.
The final segment of Tuesday’s forum will feature the three candidates running for House District 44 – petition candidate Joseph Coy, Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell and Republican Ryan Payne.
Each candidate will give opening and closing statements.
Questions will alternate between candidates to allow equal opportunity. Rebuttals will be allowed at the moderator’s discretion.
Audience members will be allowed to submit questions for the panel to consider, as time permits.
Tuesday’s forum is sponsored by Duke Energy, Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and The Lancaster News.
Rick Jiran of Duke Energy will moderate the forum.
“We look forward to your participation in an informative and lively debate for the benefit of the voters of Lancaster County,” Chamber President Dean Faile said in an e-mail to the candidates.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the forum beginning promptly at 6 p.m.
For more information, call the chamber at (803) 283-4104.

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Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152