A who’s who of 2012 candidates will be making appearances at the annual political forum at Cagle’s Farm in Hickory Flat, sponsored by the Cherokee County Farm Bureau along with the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, June 21.
The forum will kick off at 6:30 p.m. under the wooden pavilion at the family farm, 362 Stringer Road, Canton.
The yearly event will feature all local, state and national candidates running for office this year, who will be invited to attend.
All candidates with opposition will be introduced, and questions from the audience will follow. Everyone will have time to meet and greet the candidates before and after the forum.
“The candidates that have opposition will have two to three minutes to speak depending on how many candidates RSVP and are attending,” said Shirley Pahl, who is the program coordinator for the farm bureau. “Then, we’ll have written questions from the audience.”
After qualifying ended May 26, there were 50 candidates who emerged in races that range from the United States Congress, State Senate, State House, Cherokee County District Attorney, Cherokee County Sheriff, Cherokee County Commission, Cherokee County Clerk of Superior Court, Magistrate Judge, Probate Judge, Superior Court Judge, State Court Judge, Coroner, Surveyor, Tax Commissioner and Board of Education.
The farm bureau has a long history in hosting the political forums, which date back to 1990.
“The farm bureau was founded back in 1937 on legislation for farmers, and we have continued that — that we need to make sure the farm bureau members and the general public get to meet the candidates and find out what their platform is and be able to make an informed decision about who is the best candidate to vote for,” Pahl said.
Homemade ice cream will be served by the Boy Scout Troop No. 465.
The forum is open to the public.
Pahl said the bureau is expecting a sizeable crowd this big election year, adding she’s already gotten a good response.
Candidates and the general public should RSVP so the farm bureau can provide enough refreshments and chairs, Pahl said.
“Right now, we’re setting up 250 chairs,” she said.
To RSVP to attend, call the farm bureau at (770) 479-1481, ext. 0.