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Posted: July 16, 2010 2:15 p.m.

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Chamber to host political forum

To be held Thursday at library

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a political candidate forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday at the Covington Branch Library.

All 2010 Board of Commissioners and Board of Education candidates have been invited.

"We’re at a critical stage, and it’s important to elect the right folks. The only way to elect the right folks is to be informed," said Danny Stone, head of the chamber’s government affairs committee.

The candidates will not introduce themselves, but all candidates were invited to provide a biography and platform information to the chamber ahead of time. The candidates that provided information will have individual handouts available for attendees to gather. No editing will have been done, said chamber employee
Ron Carter.

Each candidate will only be asked one question by moderator Danny Stone. The BOC District 2 and 4 candidates will be asked, "How do you see the roles between the chamber and the BOC in regards to future economic development efforts for Newton County?"

The BOE District 1, 3 and 5 candidates will be asked, "How do you anticipate, with state and local revenue reductions, you will balance the budget if elected to the Board of Education?"

The rest of the time will be open to audience questions. However, instead of verbally asking questions, attendees will be able to write them down on index cards and submit them. Index cards and writing utensils will be provided by the chamber. Stone will read the questions; he will try to eliminate any duplicate questions.

The 2010 primary election will be held July 20. Early voting is taking place at the Newton County Board of Elections, located at 1166 Usher St. in Covington, until July 16. According to the board of elections, as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, 798 votes had been cast in the office and 275 had been mailed.

There have been 566 total votes in the democratic primary and 507 votes in the republican primary.

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