Forums lined up before General Election

COVINGTON -- With the General Election just a little more than a month away, local organizations are hosting candidate forums to help voters make up their minds.

This Thursday, the Newton County Voters League will host a forum at 7 p.m. at the Newton County Historic Courthouse, located at 1124 Clark Street.

Voters League Acting President Roger Smith said organizers are expecting to have candidates in all the local contested races: BOC chair; county commission district 3 and 5; school board district 2; sheriff; and coroner.

The format will be a question and answer session with questions posed by a panel, Smith said, adding that if time allows the audience will be able to ask questions as well.

"We're trying to give people an opportunity to hear again from the candidates before early voting," Smith said. Early voting begins Oct. 15.

On Saturday, the Newton County Republican Party will host a meet and greet of Republican candidates on the Square, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"They can have a hotdog lunch for $2, meet the candidates and there will be music and giveaways," said Chair Delia Fleming.

The Newton County Homebuilders Association is sponsoring a forum that will also include an update by experts on the local economy and housing market. Scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Newton High School Auditorium, at 140 Ram Drive, the event is free but registration is required, as there are a limited number of seats. To register, visit 2012beyond.eventbrite.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event is expected to last until 10 p.m.

Dr. Elliot Eisenberg, an economist in Washington, D.C., and Frank Norton, described as a "Georgia real estate guru and economic trend detector" will speak about the future growth of the county, economic trends and the housing market, said Genevieve Compton, executive officer with the Homebuilders Association.

Candidates in the races for BOC chair, districts 3 and 5; Board of Education District 2; and sheriff will then answer three questions:

-- What does our future look like and how are we going to get there?

-- How can we capitalize on the arrival of Baxter International?

-- How can we draw new residents and business to Newton County?

More than 200 have registered to attend, Compton said, but there are still tickets remaining. Anyone without access to internet registration may call the Homebuilders Association at 770-786-3333.


Newtownqq 3 years, 1 month ago

Being a resident of District 1 I ask all the BOC canidates why I was not afforded the right to vote on Sunday Sales? It seems I was able to vote on a TAX INCREASE (SPLOST), which just went to pork spending. I ask what would the new BOC do to increase public participation and show more transparency? To much of the BOC business is done behind closed doors, County employees have taken it on the nose long enough, its time the BOC control its largest personel expense, Tommy Craig is the attorney for the County and he is paid a hefty sum, but he rarely attends board meetings. He sends an unelected Jen Carter to the meetings.


Satan69 3 years, 1 month ago

Here is an excellent way to get people into newton county!!!! First, stop fighting end the law suit and focus on the school issues. We all need to work together on this whether we like one another or not. School and the kids are the focus amd trying to get the schools back the way they need to be and this isn't just a BOE issue it is a parents issue to so people get involved and speak up.

Our future will look brighter when we can get this together. Until then we need to work on this issue. If you want a better future all this needs to quit.


ShannonBlack 3 years, 1 month ago

To be perfectly honest our future looks a little grim right now with all this bickering going on back and forth. We have people attacking others for no reason we have BOE members not backing others. Its hard to see anything positive come out of this at present. Until Newton as a county can get a grip on what the real focus is then well that really is a hard question to put out there. Don't you agree?

Stop the craziness and act accordingly. You know it's a shame when people are detoured from a place because of the things going on. Shame.


Chambermaid 3 years, 1 month ago

Those particular questions are going to be hard on anyone to answer right now because of all the backstabbing kniving going on. Also we need people that are sincere not to blow smoke who and tell us what we need to hear, like so many do. Hope fully soon we will have the same thing that we all need and want CHANGE!!!!!!

Get everyone to come together as a team for once to get this crap behind us and move on. Make Newton County look appealing by giving it the one thing it lacks, Us all working together to fix the problem. That's more appealing, believe it or not that would draw more people if you think about it..

Something to think about it.


Newtownqq 3 years, 1 month ago

Whats all sad about this is the canidates don't all show up!


Newtownqq 3 years, 1 month ago

I stopped at the Republican Square party this past weekend. I had more people at my yard sale!! Common people if you can throw dirt come out and support your canidate. This goes to both Republican and Democrats!


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