Forums set for upcoming elections

Published 8:30 am Friday, October 13, 2023

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There will be multiple ways for residents to learn about candidates in upcoming municipal elections.

The LaGrange Daily News and the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce will continue their partnership in political forums by hosting one in each city over the next few weeks. The Troup County Active Life Center will also be hosting forums, with all three being next week.


The first of the LDN and chamber forums will focus on the LaGrange City Council races and will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the LaGrange Memorial Library at 6 p.m.

A forum will be held for the West Point City Council at the Depot in West Point on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. for candidates for mayor and city council. On Oct. 30, the Hogansville Memorial Library will host the Hogansville candidates for city council at 6 p.m.

To submit a question for the forum, visit or visit The LaGrange Daily News on Facebook and look for the pinned post. 


While the chamber and newspaper forums are spread out over 12 days, the Active Life will hold shorter, 30 minute forums all next week.

The first of those forums will be Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 11:25 p.m. at the LaGrange Active Life Center, located at 140 Ragland Street in LaGrange. It will include LaGrange City Council candidates.

The next Active Life forum will be held at the Hogansville Active Life Center, located at 407 Church Street in Hogansville, on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. The forum will include the candidates for Hogansville City Council.

On Friday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m., the West Point Active Life, located at 1114 O G Skinner Dr in West Point, will host candidates for mayor and city council.



In LaGrange, incumbent District 1C Councilman Mark Mitchell is facing off against Curtis Brown, Jr.

Incumbent District 2B Councilman Leon Childs Jr. is facing off against Travis Hart

Councilman Quay Boddie is running unopposed.


Incumbent Mandy Neese will run against Bridget Markeda Phillips for the Post 3 seat. 

Incumbent Mark Ayers will face off against two opponents who both qualified on Friday. Adrain (AJ) Porter and Drew Meza will challenge Ayers for his Post 4 seat.

Jason E. Baswell and Kandis Strickland will vie for the Post 5 seat currently held by Toni Striblin. 


Current West Point Council Member Deedee Williams is challenging Incumbent Mayor Steve Tramell for the mayoral seat. Williams is not running for reelection to her council seat to seek the position.

Three at-large council seats will also be up for grabs in West Point, including Williams’ seat. West Point does not have council districts so the top three vote-getters will win the seats. Incumbents Sandra Thornton and Gerald Ledbetter are being challenged by Andra Haynes, Arron Lewis II, Sean Erique Moore and Kevin Patrick.