Two candidate forums set in Clay

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

Two political forums in the two weeks before the Aug. 6 primaries will give Clay County voters a chance to hear from candidates and mix and mingle with them in person.
The first is July 23 in Sally Kate Winters Park in downtown West Point. 

It is sponsored by the Clay County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the West Point Clay County Growth Alliance. 

The forum starts at 6 p.m. In case of rain, it will be held upstairs at West Point City Hall. 

In addition to candidates for Clay County offices, candidates for the Legislature and regional offices such as Transportation Commissioner also have been invited. 

Each candidate will be allotted five minutes to outline their qualifications and platform. 

On July 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. at West Point City Hall, the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta sorority will host a similar forum. The organizers are reaching out to the community to submit questions that can be asked of the candidates during the session, according to materials given to candidates. 

In the Aug. 6 primaries, voters will pick Democratic and Republican party nominees for state, regional and local offices. In Clay County, all local candidates are running as Democrats except for one Libertarian who will be on the November ballot. 

The Republican Party has several widely contested statewide and regional races, including governor, attorney general and transportation commissioner.