In an effort to allow area citizens to hear from political candidates on the Aug. 4 ballot, The Star-Herald is hosting a political forum in Kosciusko.
The forum will be held today (Thursday, July 30) at Wanda’s Catering, located at 550 Highway 12 East. The free event will start at 6 p.m.
“With more than 50 local candidates on the primary ballots, we felt like hosting a free event like this would be beneficial to our community,” Star-Herald Publisher James Phillips said. “This forum will provide a central location where candidates can let their voices be heard and give the public an opportunity to better know who they are considering voting for on Election Day.”
All local and statewide candidates are invited to the forum. After a short time of mingling and light refreshments, candidates will be allowed to speak to the crowd. Each candidate will be limited to three minutes.
“With this many candidates in the field, we want everyone to have a chance to speak, but we will have to strictly enforce the time-limit for speeches. Three minutes is enough time for each candidate to hit his or her main points,” Phillips said.
Light refreshments will be served. The event is free for candidates and citizens. In an effort to give back, an onsite canned food drive to benefit Helping Hands will take place throughout the political forum.
“While the political forum itself is a great way to bring the community together, our newspaper always wants to go above and beyond when it comes to community service,” Phillips said. “Helping Hands does a tremendous job in meeting the needs of those in our community who need a hand up. The canned food drive will help them to keep their food pantry stocked during these hot summer months.”
For more information on the political forum, contact The Star-Herald at 662-289-2251.
The primary election is set for Tuesday, Aug. 4. Polls will be open locally from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.