The League of Women of Voters of Oak Ridge will present two forums featuring candidates on the ballots in the August 4 elections in Anderson and Roane counties. The first forum, featuring candidates for Anderson County Commission, District 8, is tonight (Thursday, July 14).
Tonight’s forum will be held at the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College in Room-111. It starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14.
Three candidates are running to fill the unexpired term of Robin Biloski, who resigned from her District 8 in Oak Ridge in August 2015. The three candidates are Myra Mansfield, Angeleque McNutt, and Phil Yager. McNutt was appointed to the seat by Anderson County Commission in August, and that appointment was to last through the county’s general election this August.
District 8 includes the Emory Valley, Hendrix Creek, and Woodland voting precincts in Oak Ridge.
Also invited to participate in tonight’s forum is John K. Alley Jr., the Republican incumbent who is running unopposed for Anderson County property assessor, and Glenda J. Langenberg, who is unopposed for Anderson County School Board, District 8.
The local chapter of NAACP will partner in presenting tonight’s forum, a press release said.
Early voting begins Friday, July 15, and ends July 30. Early voting sites in Anderson County are the Midtown Community Center (Wildcat Den) in Oak Ridge, the Community Center in Clinton, and the County Government Satellite Office in Andersonville. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
The Roane County candidate forum will be at the Oak Ridge Civic Center, Room AB, on Tuesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. Candidates for property assessor, road superintendent, County Commission District 6, School Board District 5/6, Criminal Court Judge Ninth Judicial District, and General Sessions Judge Part 1 have been invited to participate, the press release said.
Residents of Roane County may vote early from July 15 to July 3o at the First Christian Church at 100 Gum Hollow Road in Oak Ridge. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
In addition to the county general election, the August 4 ballot includes the state Republican primary, state Democratic primary, and judicial retention questions on three Supreme Court judges and seven appellate judges.
County ballots may be reviewed and printed from the Anderson County Election Commission website at www.acelect.com, the Roane County Election Commission website at www.roaneelections.com, or the Knox County Election Commission website at www.knoxcounty.org/election.
Candidate participants my make a two-minute opening statement, monitored by a timekeeper. Candidates with opposition may participate in a question and answer period, limiting answers to 1-1/2 minutes, and may also make a two-minute closing statement, the press release said.
The forums are presented by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge as a non-partisan endeavor to promote understanding and encourage participation in government, the release said.
“Remember, your vote helps make democracy work,” it said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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