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Chamber of commerce to hold candidate forums

The LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce is hosting two upcoming candidate forums to help voters learn more about local candidates before November’s election.

The forums will be held on Oct. 8 and Oct. 13 and will be streamed live on The LaGrange Daily News Facebook page. 

The first forum will start at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 and will feature the candidates for sheriff and the local county commission races. All candidates will participate in the forum in person.

The races included on the Oct. 8 include:

  • Sheriff: Republican James Woodruff and Democrat Ricky Ward
  • County Commission District 2: Republican Ellis Cadenhead and Democrat Andrew Moody
  • County Commission District 3: Republican Lewis Davis and Democrat Synda Ogletree
  • County Commission District 4: Republican Morris Jones and Democrat Yvonne Lopez

The Oct. 13 forum will include two state representative races — the House District 69 race between Republican Randy Nix and Democrat Herbert Giles, and the House District 133 race between Republican David Jenkins and Democrat Bob Trammell. Candidates are not expected to be in-person in that forum and will instead participate via Zoom. The time for the Oct. 13 forum has not been finalized, but it will be in the evening.

“The mission of the chamber of commerce is to champion our member businesses and to serve as a catalyst for advancing the region’s economy and our member’s success,” Chamber President Connie Hensler said. 

“As such, we have a responsibility to offer opportunities for members to get that to get to know candidates seeking public office. We’ve invited all the candidates to participate, and we look forward to hearing from them on issues that are important to our citizens. I feel like it is our responsibility to offer these opportunities for people to get to know the candidates.”

Corey Faulkner from Cedar Cross Media is managing the audio-visual elements of the forums.