MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A political forum Tuesday night gave candidates the chance to answer questions from voters in Jackson County ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.
Several of those candidates are running for judicial spots in the county court system where they will serve in chancery, circuit, and the justice court. South Mississippi voters will also select a candidate for State Supreme Court.
For residents in the Jackson County School District, a new school board member will be elected. Moss Point residents will vote on three school district trustee members, as well, in zones 2, 3, and 4.
Eighteen of those candidates shook hands with voters in Moss Point Tuesday night and answered their questions. It’s the second political forum hosted by the Moss Point Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
“We’re not promoting any candidates so it’s not a debate," said Maxine Conway, a member of the chapter’s sorority. “It’s an opportunity for the candidates to come to the community to talk with the people, to inform the people, and to give the people an opportunity to ask questions directly to the candidates.”
Candidates were given three minutes to introduce themselves and tell a little about why they’re the best person for the job.
“I think it was very informative. I really did. I thought it was good," said Lucedale resident Stephen Maples. “It gave some insight into some candidates that I don’t know a lot about.”
Some of the issues voters asked the candidates included improving infrastructure, streamlining the youth court process, and creating more school programs for teens. Voters said hearing from the candidates is essential before casting a vote.
“It gave me a lot more information to work with, so I will be leaning toward some more than others," said Jackson County resident Bridget Pickett.
Magnolia Middle School was the backdrop for the forum. Members of the ‘Girls are STEM’ club got the chance to attend their first political event.
“One day, we might grow up and decide to be a senator. So, we have to see how it works and what it takes to be one," said seventh grader Rickyla Duckworth.
Girls in the club can’t vote for a few more years, but it was a chance for them to see government in action.
“Whenever we get older and it’s time for us to vote, we’ll actually know what we need to look for to vote," added seventh grader Jazzmyne Touchet.
For more information about the general election, including a sample ballot, click HERE.