The Newton County Voters League is once again active and has taken the ambitious step of hosting a meet and greet for all county, state and federal candidates who represent Newton County.
The all-day meet and greet will take place at the Historic Courthouse June 30 and be held in two sessions.
From 9 a.m. to noon, candidates for the following positions will speak: U.S. Congress districts 4 and 10, state senator, state representative, superior court judge and sheriff.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., candidates for the following positions will speak: chairman, board of commissioners districts 1, 3 and 5, school board districts 2 and 4 and county coroner.
Each candidate will be given five minutes to speak about why they're running, how long they've been in Newton (if applicable) and other topics, Pitts said. Some candidates will then be available to talk with attendees afterward.
Roger Smith, the Voters League president, will be the moderator.
The Voters League was active from 1973 until 2008, but had since become defunct. CEO Flemmie Pitts revived the group this year and hopes to keep the group an active force in local politics.
"We really do it just to educate the people. People are confused after reapportionment, so many districts changed. We have congressman we've never had before. So we're trying to educate them," Pitts said.