Hancock County voters will have two opportunities to meet the candidates for the upcoming local elections before the primaries on Tuesday, August 7th.
A Citizens' Forum will be sponsored by the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and the Press Association of Hancock County on back-to-back evenings - Monday, July 30th and Tuesday, July 31st.
The meetings will be held at the Bay-Waveland Middle School (on Pine Street in Bay St. Louis, behind Bay High School) from 6-9 each evening.
Candidates have been invited to speak for three minutes each, discussing issues critical to recovery. Apple pie, sandwiches and refreshments will be provided by the Hancock Chamber.
Director of the Hancock Chamber, Tish Williams, believes that local voters need this opportunity to meet the candidates during this "vital election." She's hoping for a huge turn-out for the event.
"This is as American as it gets," she said. "That's why we are going with the apple pie theme. Citizens need to base these crucial votes on information, instead of signs on a street corner. We owe it to our children to educate ourselves before we vote."
"The decisions that will be made by elected officials in the next few years will affect many future generations," she continued. "It is up to us as responsible citizens to understand how important our choices are."
Participating candidates have also expressed enthusiasm for the forum opportunity. One incumbent, stated "It's a terrific way to get the word out. You can only do so much door-to-door. This allows candidates to reach more citizens in one night. It also keeps the momentum going for the election."
Another candidate said, "This is an exciting opportunity for the local voters to get out, meet the candidates and learn how we feel about issues."
On the evening of the 30th, Supervisor candidates from each district, Chancery and Circuit Clerks, Tax Collector and candidates for State Senate (District 46) and House of Representatives (District 122) are scheduled.
The line-up on the 31st includes those running for the offices of Sheriff, Superintendent of Education, Constables, Justice Court Judges, Coroner and State candidates for the House of Representatives (Districts 93 and 95).
The Hancock Chamber is also making voter information available on the evenings of the forum. Citizens will be able to obtain information on voting times and places, absentee voting information and district maps. For more information, contact the Hancock Chamber, 228.467.9048.
The schedule for the forum:
Monday, July 30th - 6pm - 9pm
Tax Assessor / Collector
Supervisor District 1
Supervisor District 2
Supervisor District 3
Supervisor District 4
Supervisor District 5
State Senate District 46
State House of Representatives District 122
Tuesday, July 31 - 6pm - 9pm