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Posted: March 6, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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State house 112 forum is tonight

One of Newton County’s most important state legislative seats is up for grabs this year, and The Covington News and Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance are hosting a forum tonight for the public.

The forum for the state representative 112 seat will begin at 7 tonight at Peachtree Academy’s Covington location, 14101 U.S. Highway 278.

District 112 contains the bulk of eastern Newton County and all of Morgan County, and the seat is being vacated by Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle, after a 10-year run.

The three candidates who qualified this week to run for the seat are Newton County residents Aaron Brooks and Ester Fleming and Morgan County resident Dave Belton, all Republicans. Qualifying ends today.

Brooks and Belton have confirmed they will attend, while Fleming won’t be attending due to a prior commitment. For in-depth bios on all three candidates, visit

The forum will feature two debate-style back-and-forth segments on the state of education/education reform and tax reform/the state of the budget.

Candidates will also be asked individual questions. The public is invited to submit questions to either The News or the Liberty Alliance’s Facebook pages.

Candidates will plan to stay after the forum to meet with constituents.

Brooks is a member of the Liberty Alliance but will not participate in selecting questions. Neither candidate will be given questions ahead of time.

The News will live-stream the event at; an email alert with the link will be sent out just prior to the event’s start. The full recording of the forum will also be posted on after the event.

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