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Candidate Forum Slated for Oct. 29 to Discuss City Issues Ahead of Election

October 25, 2007

Mercer Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

MACON — The candidates for citywide elections in Macon will have an opportunity to address the issues during a Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at the Douglass Theatre, downtown Macon. The event will include the candidates for mayor, as well as the candidates for City Council President.

The forum will include the two mayoral candidates, Robert Reichert and David Cousino, as well as the candidates for the five citywide City Council seats, including: James Timley and his opponent, write-in candidate David Corr; and council candidates in uncontested races: Lauren Benedict, Rick Hutto, Miriam Paris, and Larry Schlesinger. 

The Forum will give Macon voters a chance to hear from the individuals who will help lead the city for the next four years and allow the candidates to express their views about the direction of the city. It will also be an opportunity for Council candidates to preview their qualifications for City Council President.

The city charter requires that the president of council be one of the citywide representatives. This election is not by voters but by the City Council, which will elect a president from among the five citywide Council candidates who are elected by the voters.

The Macon City Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The event is co-sponsored by The Telegraph, Mercer University, Cox Communications, the Douglass Theatre, the League of Women Voters, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The Candidate Forum will also be rebroadcast on Cox Channel 15 for those who are unable to attend Monday’s event. The dates and times of the broadcasts will be announced early next week.