LAGRANGE Ga.- Dozens of people gathered at the Del’avant Event Center to listen to Troup County candidates running for State Senate District 28 and U.S. Congressional District 3.
Peter Alford, Chairman of the Troup County Republican Party, says forums like this one are crucial to inform voters.
“For the people to actually come out and see these people running for office and to actually meet them and talk to them and ask them questions. The more information the voter has, the better job their going to do casting their vote,” said Alford.
The LaGrange Troup County Chamber of Commerce hosted the forum and came up with the questions.The candidates had 2 minutes to answer questions ranging from health & social issues, the economy, immigration & national security as well as government operations.
Jim Thornton , the mayor of LaGrange, says that time is not on the candidates’ side, when it comes to forums like this one.
“It’s always difficult when you have nine candidates running for Congress to get enough time for everybody to answer all of the questions. I think the questions were all very appropriate and hit on all of the various issues that affect us throughout the federal level,” said Thornton.
There are seven Republican candidates running for the third congressional seat and only two Democrats.
Alfred said, “Were probably a little more conservative than a lot of counties around here and I think that explains why we have a lot more Republicans running than democrats, but we love the Democrats also.
There will be another forum Tuesday night with the candidates running for County Commission, Tax Commission and School Board. The forum will take place at 6 p.m. at the Del’avant Event Center in LaGrange.