Forum set for 7 p.m. Thursday

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By Jenny Hartley

INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway are teaming up to give voters a chance to question political candidates before the June 10 primaries.

The candidate forum begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Indian Land Middle School gym. Organizers said the forum will be held to 90 minutes. Each candidate will have three to five minutes to introduce themselves before the question and answer session starts, said Indian Land Action Council Secretary Karen Smith.

Voters should send their questions into Carolina Gateway via e-mail or fax before the forum. Those questions will be compiled by the newspaper and asked by a moderator during the forum.

A reception will be held afterward to give the public a chance to meet the candidates.

Candidates who have said they will take part in the the forum include:

u County Council District 1, Republicans Alan Patterson and Larry McCullough

u S.C. House District 45, Democrats Donald Huffman, Fred Thomas and Tony Starnes

u House District 45, Republicans Deborah Long and Bruce Miller

u S.C. Senate District 16, Democrat Mandy Powers-Norrell

u Senate District 16, Republican Mick Mulvaney

For the sake of time, forum organizers chose not to include uncontested races, except for sheriff, Smith said. Lancaster County Sheriff candidate Barry Faile, a Democrat, faces no opposition for the November election, but because many voters will likely have questions about police protection, Faile will speak at the forum.

A voter registration drive will be held in conjunction with the forum, and candidates will be allowed to set up information tables in the foyer outside the gym.

“So far, from what I’ve heard, people are really interested,” Smith said. “I’m hoping we’ll have a really big turnout. I encourage people to come out and listen to what their candidates have to say.”

Questions may be e-mailed to Carolina Gateway at cgnews@thelancasternews.com or fax them to (803) 285-5079.