By Tia Lynn Ivey
The November 8 election is less than a month away. But Morgan County voters will not just be casting their ballots in the presidential race, but in a number of local elections and four proposed constitutional amendments.
In an effort to help voters decide which local candidates best represent their interest and vision for the county, The Morgan County Citizen and Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Candidate Forum this Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. the in Madison City Meeting Hall, located at 160 North Main Street.
“Citizens need to know what their representatives stand for, not just national candidate, but candidates on the local level who make decision policies that affect our everyday lives. It’s important to have these types of events to foster a healthy and informed democracy,” said Patrick Yost, editor of the Morgan County Citizen.
All the local candidates have been invited to this Thursday’s event to meet and greet with interested members of the public and to make their case for being elected to office. Candidates running for office include Ellen Warren, who is running as an independent for reelection for the District 4 County Commissioner seat, Philip Von Hanstein, who is running as republican against Warren, Ben Riden Jr., a republican running for the District 3 County Commissioner seat, Crystal Benford Thomas, a democrat running for the District 3 County Commissioner seat, Incumbent Robert Markley, a republican running for reelection as County Sheriff, and Kenny Stewart, a democrat running for County Sheriff.
There are several local incumbent candidates running unopposed, including Dave Belton for 112 District State Representative, Ron Milton for District 5 County Commissioner, Cheryl Bland for County Board of Education District 1, Nelson Hale for County Board of Education District 2, Keith Howard for County Board of Education District 3, Stephen Bradley for District Attorney of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, Jody Moss, Clerk of Superior Court, Rebecca Astin for County Tax Commissioner, Adam Carter for County Coroner.
Morgan County voters will also be asked to vote on four proposed constitutional amendments concerning allowing to state to intervene in failing public school, authorizing the state use penalties for sexual exploitation and assessments on adult entertainment to fund child victim’s services, reforming the judicial qualifications, and dedicating revenue from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire service and public safety.
Early voting begins on Monday, Oct. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cast your vote at the Morgan County Election and Registration Office located at 434 Hancock Street in Madison.