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Local candidate forum slated for Sept. 24

Nashville's Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidate Forum on September 24 for candidates vying for seats on Nashville's Town Council.

The forum is slated for Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at Cooley Library.

Municipal elections will be held for all municipalities except for Rocky Mount on November 5. Rocky Mount will hold a separate election on October 8.

In Nashville, the mayor's seat, along with two seats on the town council, are up for grabs. Incumbents for all the seats have filed but are all facing opposition.

Mayor Donald Street is hoping to serve another term as mayor but will face competition from Brenda Brown.

Incumbent Council Members Louise Hinton and Charles Taylor have also filed for re-election to the board but will face competition from Lynne Hobbs and Dwight Jordan.

Chamber Vice President Cliff Joyner said all six have been invited to participate in the Candidate Forum.

Joyner said he felt hosting such an event was one of the duties of a town's chamber.

"That's one of the things we feel like is one of our functions," Joyner said. "We don't take a position but we want to inform citizens."

"We're glad we've got folks interested in running and we want to inform the community of their backgrounds and get the candidates' input on some of the issues facing Nashville," he added.

Joyner said past events have featured time at the beginning for candidates to introduce themselves. After that, candidates are each asked pre-arranged questions and at the end of the event, candidates are given a chance to sum up with anything they'd like to see.

Joyner said he's hoping the Nashville community will come out and hear what the candidates have to say.

"Hopefully, we'll have a good turnout," he said. "We'll have to wait and see."

The event will be held in Town Council Chambers in the Harold D. Cooley Library, located at 114 W Church Street, Nashville, on September 24 at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 459-4050.


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