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Chamber to host political forum
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As Election Day continues to creep closer there are more and more questions on the minds of voters.

The Rockdale-Conyers Chamber of Commerce is hoping to help answer some of those questions by hosting its annual forum on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Rockdale Auditorium located at 903 Main St.

The forum, moderated by Kysa Daniels, will host all candidates running with an opposition with the exception of the congressional race.
The candidates will face two predetermined questions by the chamber and then questions from the audience, which will have been written and handed in.

The forum will be both informative and a debate for the candidates in the run up to the Nov. 2 elections.

"We want to give them as much leeway as possible to make it a true debate without making it a yelling match," David Shipp said.
Candidates will be asked questions will be asked about the direction of the school board and government, budget items and job improvement.

"Jobs are number one right now - jobs and the economy," Shipp said. The number one thing on the chamber's mind is the economy."

With those hot buttons for this year's election at the federal, state and local levels the Chamber is expecting a strong turnout.

"We've always had several hundred," Shipp said. "There's a tremendous amount of interest on the federal level, and on the state level. On the local level, the highest office we have is commission Post 2.

"The largest budget, the largest employer, and the people who control the future of our county and our state and our nation is the school board. They control twice as much money as the county, yet the county gets more interest."