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Meet the candidates at Midterm Political Forum in Aiken on Tuesday

October 2, 2018

Candidates running for political office will converge on Aiken for a political forum on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The Aiken Standard 2018 Midterm Political Forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 in the ground floor meeting hall at the Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with candidates. The program will begin at 6 p.m.

“This is a chance for the public to meet their candidates and find out what they have to say,” Aiken Standard Managing Editor Michael Harris said. “It also gives candidates the chance to speak to voters and lay out their priorities.”

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. The last day to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 5.

At the forum, same-race candidates will be asked the same two questions – pertinent to the sought office and represented district – and will be provided two minutes to answer each.

Harris will be moderating.

Those running unopposed – state Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, and state Rep. Bill Clyburn, D-Aiken, for example – will be given time to address the audience.

Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker will also be at the forum and will discuss Capital Projects Sales Tax IV, which will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

As of Sept. 25, more than a dozen candidates and political incumbents have agreed to participate to the forum. The candidates represent county-, state- and federal-level races:

Camille Furgiuele, Republican incumbent, Aiken County Council District 2Deborah Larke, Democrat, Aiken County Council District 2Sandy Haskell, Republican incumbent, Aiken County Council District 5Juanita Hall, Democrat, Aiken County Council District 5Bart Blackwell, Republican incumbent, S.C. House District 81Elise Fox, Democrat, S.C. House District 81Bill Hixon, Republican incumbent, S.C. House District 83David Weikle, Libertarian, S.C. House District 83Ronnie Young, Republican incumbent, S.C. House District 84Jennifer Cook Lariscey, Democrat, S.C. House District 84Sean Carrigan, Democrat, 2nd Congressional District of South CarolinaLevi Green, incumbent, Aiken County School Board District 2Jason Crane, Aiken County School Board District 2Wesley Hightower, incumbent, Aiken County School Board District 3Brian Silas, Aiken County School Board District 3Dwight Smith, Aiken County School Board District 6Rosemary English, incumbent, Aiken County School Board District 7Bill Clyburn, Democrat incumbent, S.C. House District 82Bill Taylor, Republican incumbent, S.C. House District 86

For more information, call the Aiken Standard, at 803-648-2311, or Harris directly, 803-644-2364.

Want to go?

WHAT: 2018 Midterm Political Forum

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2

WHERE: Aiken Municipal Building, 214 Park Ave. S.W.

COST: Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 803-648-2311

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