You can meet candidates for public office in Oak Ridge on Tuesday.
The event, called “Popcorn and Politics,” will be at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, October 16. It’s hosted by the Chamber’s Advocacy Committee. It will give the community the opportunity to meet candidates running for office in the November 6 election, a press release said.
All local candidates, as well as candidates running for state legislative offices and federal offices, have been invited to participate, the press release said. The event will be held in the Joyce Conference Room at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
“The public is invited to come meet the candidates,” the press release said.
There is no charge to attend, but replies to the invitation are requested.
Owen Driskill, the chair of the Chamber’s Advocacy Committee said: “We hosted our first Popcorn and Politics event in the spring, and it was very well received by both candidates and the public. It provides a great opportunity for the community to have some ‘face time’ with the candidates. This fall, we decided again that rather than sponsoring a series of forums, we would invite candidates to come meet interested people in the community. And, as the title indicates, we’ll have plenty of popcorn to eat while we visit.”
As of the afternoon of September 28, the following candidates have indicated they will be participating, the press release said:
State Senate, District 5
- Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally
- Stuart Starr
State Representative, District 33
- Richard Dawson
- Representative John Ragan
Oak Ridge City Council
- Kelly Callison
- Rick Chinn
- Warren Gooch
- Derrick Hammond
- Ellen Smith
- Tim Stallings
Oak Ridge Board of Education
- Laura McLean
- Ben Stephens
- Erin Webb
To RSVP for the event and to see the up-to-date list of participating candidates, visit the Oak Ridge Chamber’s website at www.oakridgechamber.org and click on the Calendar link and then the “Popcorn and Politics” event on the calendar. Contact Greta Ownby at [email protected] or (865) 483-1321 for additional information.
There is also a candidate forum on Tuesday. It’s sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, and it’s scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, in the Oak Ridge High School Amphitheater. Candidates running for Oak Ridge City Council and Oak Ridge Board of Education have been invited to participate, a press release for that event said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Kathy Gillenwaters.
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