The four candidates seeking office that will be on next week’s Democratic run-off ballot met at Dandee Denson Shrine Auditorium in Summerville last night to face the public and the local media with answers to some questions brought by AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio, SKY 21 Television and The Summerville News.
In the questions for the Sheriff’s candidates, Incumbent Sheriff Ralph Kellett faced questions about his health and ability to remain in office for four more years. Kellett stated that he had been given a clean bill of health by his doctors and that the treatments he has taken were precautionary measures. Kellett said that if he did not feel that he had a clean bill of health he would not be seeking another term. Candidate John Everett continued to face the question of his alledged affilliation with the local Republican Party. Everett stated that he is a Democrat and that if he were not he would have ran on the Republican tickett. He confirmed that he had taken his campaign platform to the local Republican Party, but that was no indication that he is not a Democrat.
The County Commissioner candidates faced questions regarding water in the county and the need to implement the freeport tax that Chattooga County Voters passed in 2004. Jason Winters also spoke about his age and experience and assured voters that he feels he is up to the task of County Commissioner. Joe Reed cited his experience as County Public Works Director.
The Forum will be broadcast on Sky 21 Television tonight at 7 pm and on AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio tommorrow evening at 6 PM.