Republicans host candidate forums, hope for larger-than-usual turnout

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Election signs are springing up throughout the region. Voters can meet candidates for several political offices during July 30 and 31 forums at Warriors Hall in Crestview.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 04:28 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Voters can meet local political candidates, discuss issues and concerns, and listen to the candidates debate during candidate forums tonight and tomorrow.

The North Okaloosa Republican Club will host forums for county commissioner and county clerk candidates on July 30 at Warriors Hall. School board candidates meet the following night.

Both events begin at 5:30 p.m. with an hour-long meet-and-greet, during which voters may speak with candidates one-on-one. The debates begin at 6:30, with candidates answering submitted questions.

Organizers hope more people will take these opportunities to consider the candidates, their records and their approaches to issues of concern.

“The people who show up at the forum are the same ones who always show up at forums,” Republican club president JB Whitten said.

“It is the citizen’s role to get in there and try to prompt candidates. You have to be informed and you have to know what’s going on,” Whitten said.

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