Get some answers at forum

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By Jenny Hartley

INDIAN LAND – Voters are encouraged to come out to a political forum to learn more about the candidates running for local, state and even national office.

Before You Vote – 2008 Candidate Forum will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Indian Land Middle School gymnasium, 8361 Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521).

There will be a meet-and-greet with candidates from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the forum.

The forum is co-sponsored by Carolina Gateway, the Indian Land Action Council and Indian Land Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

"We've invited the full slate of candidates that local voters will see on their ballots, from local to presidential," said Carolina Gateway Editor Jane Alford.

Here's the slate of candidates confirmed so far:

- Lancaster County Council District 1, Larry McCullough (R)

- Lancaster County Sheriff, Barry Faile (D)

- S.C. House District 45, Deborah Long (R) and Fred Thomas (D)

- S.C. Senate District 16, Mick Mulvaney (R) and Mandy Powers Norrell (D)

- U.S. House District 5, Albert Spencer (R), Rep. John

Spratt (D) and Frank Waggoner (Constitution Party)

U.S. Senate candidates Lindsey Graham and Bob Conley will not be able to attend but are expected to send representatives to meet voters before the forum.

There will also be a short explanation of the 1-cent sales tax referendum to fund the building of a new county courthouse.

"Since Indian Land is rapidly becoming a political hot spot, fielding candidates in both state races this year, we hope to see a really big turnout," Alford said. "We expect to see at least 250 to 300 people."

The Indian Land Middle School Student Council will sell concessions during the meet and greet.

The questions asked at the forum will be drawn from those submitted by readers and members of the Indian Land Action Council and Indian Land Chamber Council.

Questions may also be submitted in writing during the meet and greet session before the forum. Those questions will be asked if time permits.

Readers are invited to send their questions for the candidates by fax to 285-5079 or by e-mail: cgnews@thelancasternews.com.