- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Candidates running for supervisor in Lauderdale County handled a variety of questions in a televised election forum from Meridian Community College’s Tommy Dulaney Center Monday night.

VIEW THE FORUM HERE ON WTOK’S WEBSITE: https://www.wtok.com/news/pastlivestreams )

Twenty supervisor candidates were on stage at the Dulaney Center in one of the final forums before the Aug. 4 primary elections. Subjects covered included what to do about the Lauderdale County Courthouse, the need for a new Sportsplex, economic development and the condition of county roads.

The election forum was sponsored by The Meridian Star, WTOK-TV, MCC and the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. It was broadcasted live by WTOK-TV and Channel Mytok2. There will be a rebroadcast on WTOK-TV on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Because the forum ran past the editorial deadline for the The Meridian Star, a recap of the candidate’s responses on issues will be published in The Meridian Star’s Sunday edition.

Meridian Star Publisher Tim Holder said the forum was a chance for the supervisor candidates to stake out their positions.

“The Meridian Star and WTOK want to give these supervisor candidates a chance to state their case before the voters,” Holder said.

Candidates who appeared in the forum included:

District 1: Johnny Knox, Eddie D. Harper, Mike Marlow, William “Mike” Melton and Jonathan “Coach” Wells.

District 2: Wayman Newell, Craig Houston and Cornelius Parks.

District 3: Otis D. Barrett, Chris Hudnall, Chuck Mathis and Josh Todd.

District 4: Jeff A. Buckley, Dennis Patterson and Joe Norwood.

District 5: Nolan E. Butler, Tommy Galyean, Kyle Rutledge and Eddie Michael, Sr.

Newell, Todd, Norwood and Rutledge are the four incumbents running for re-election. District 1 Supervisor Hank Florey is retiring at the end of the 2015 term and is not running for re-election. District 2 candidate, Robbie Pickett, is running as an independent and is not on the Aug. 4 ballot, but said he would have participated if asked. Christopher Von Cockrell, who is running in the Aug. 4 primary in District 2, declined to participate. District 1 candidate Burnie Berrey did not participate.


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