The event at the Colonnade drew about 100 attendees including candidates from races both opposed and unopposed.
Unopposed candidates spoke for three minutes including Sen. Jeff Mullis, Tax Commissioner Sandra Self, state Rep. Jay Neal, George Duncan, Commissioner District 3 Democratic candidate, and Democratic Party Chair Chris Scott who spoke on behalf of Ralph Noble, state Representative District 3 Democratic candidate.
A question and answer session followed with the Republican candidates from the State Representative District 3 Bob Jenkins, Brad Scott, and Tom Weldon, Jr.; Catoosa County Commissioner District 1 Ken Marks and Barbara Wilson; District 3 Jim Cutler and Bud Shadwick; and Chairman Judd Burkhart, Bill Clark, Keith Greene, and Jeff Wolford.
Candidates from each race fielded questions for approximately 30 minutes from moderator Joe Fleming of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
I am really impressed with the quality of candidates across the board, Fleming said.
Catoosa County Chamber President Martha Eaker said that it was the most successful debate to date.
It went great. We had standing room only and that is always good, she said. The moderator did a wonderful job and was totally unbiased since he was from Atlanta.
When asked if there were any surprises, she said, No. It went pretty much as planned.
Im looking forward to the next one, she added.
Catoosa County resident Cherise Miller attended to hear from all the races.
I was interested in what everybody had to say and what their goals are, she said. We have a bunch of good candidates.
For more information about the debate, see the June 18 edition of The Catoosa County News.
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