Candidate forum to be held at Lander University
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016

candidate forum graphicThe public will have the opportunity to hear from candidates in several local and state races during a nonpartisan candidate forum at Lander University on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Co-sponsored by Lander, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and the Index-Journal, the event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. It is free and open to the community. Parking will be available in the lots along Lander’s main entrance boulevard and Willson Avenue.

The event is FALS-approved for Lander students with valid student ID.

Dr. Lucas McMillan, chair of Lander’s Department of Political and Social Sciences and chair of the university’s chapter of the American Democracy Project, will serve as moderator. The candidates invited to participate in the forum are:

  • S.C. State House District 12: Jennings G. McAbee Sr. and Anne Parks
  • S.C. State House District 13: Michael Gaskin and John McCravy
  • S.C. State Senate District 10: J. Bryan Hope and Floyd Nicholson
  • Greenwood County School District 50 Board of Trustees Seat 7: Tom Miller and David Trent
  • Greenwood City Council Ward 5: Matthew Miller and Johnny Williams
  • Greenwood County Sheriff: Arnie Fisher and Dennis Kelly

Candidates for each race will sound off on stage in a timed question-and-answer session, as well as provide a brief personal statement. While questions will not be taken from the audience that night, the public and members of the Lander community will have the opportunity to submit topics and questions for candidates prior to the event.

To submit a question for the candidates, click here. Questions must be received by Oct. 28 to be considered for inclusion.

“The purpose of this forum is to give area residents a chance to hear how the candidates stand on the issues that matter most to them,” said Dr. Lucas McMillan, adding that it is also an excellent civic engagement and education opportunity for Lander students. “It reminds students about how political officials make the decisions that affect our daily lives.”

Voters will head to the polls for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.