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Citizens gather to hear from local candidates
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Oct 17, 2012 | 891 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
District 4 candidate Daylon Martin takes his turn to answer a question at Monday’s forum held at the W.E. Knox Center.
District 4 candidate Daylon Martin takes his turn to answer a question at Monday’s forum held at the W.E. Knox Center.
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Jones County voters had the opportunity Monday evening to talk to their candidates for local and state office.

All four candidates in Jones County’s two contested races attended the Oct. 15 forum. Incumbent County Commission Chairman Preston Hawkins (R) and challenger Chuck Baker (D), and District Four incumbent Bert Liston (R) and challenger Daylon Martin (D), answered audience questions for 90 minutes with State Senate District 25 candidates Burt Jones (R) and Darrell Black (D), Senate District 26 candidate Bobby Gale (R), and House District 44 incumbent Bubber Epps (R).

The only no shows at Jones County’s Candidates Forum were Democratic candidates David Lucas, who is running for Senate District 26, and Mary Ann Whipple-Leu, running for House District 144.

The forum was sponsored by the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce and The Jones County News. Greg Mullis served as moderator for the event.

The first speaker was Board of Education Chairman Ginger Bailey, who talked about Constitutional Amendment 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot. She said she is an advocate for all students and the amendment decides who approves charter schools.

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