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.