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Smart Growth, Main Street host forum

COVINGTON - Candidates will face off in a forum hosted by Smart Growth Newton County and Main Street Covington Tuesday night.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. at Washington Street Community Center, located at 4138 School St., S.W., in Covington.

All candidates in the Nov. 8 Municipal Election have been invited. Each will be allowed a three-minute introduction speech to be followed by two questions each from Smart Growth and Main Street.

The questions from Smart Growth are:

The 2050 Build Out Plan adopted by the Newton County Leadership Collaborative seeks to preserve greenspace and prevent sprawl by channeling growth to development nodes in existing and newly planned town centers. As a potential leader in one of those municipalities, what special challenges and opportunities do you feel the 2050 plan presents to cities? Specifically, what actions will you propose that will ensure the implementation of the 2050 Plan?

After you become an elected official, how can we best contact you to ensure that you receive the message and so that we can receive a reply? email, phone calls, postcards, etc.?

Main Street questions, directed only to the Covington candidates, are:

What are your top three priorities for the downtown district?

What role can the city play in promoting the success of existing businesses and attracting new businesses to the downtown district?

Answers to the questions will be posted on the Smart Growth and Main Street Web sites.

"Since Main Street is primarily interested in the downtown, and Smart Growth has been carrying the banner with the 2050 plan development and expansion, it felt like a real good opportunity to jointly do this," said Smart Growth President Jonathan Paschal.

There will not be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions, but everyone is welcome to stay after the forum to talk to candidates individually, Paschal said. Light refreshments will be served.