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Six candidates make their case at political forum

POSTED: October 20, 2012 9:30 a.m.
Al Hackle/

State Rep. Ron Stephens, District 164 Republican incumbent, speaks during the Oct. 16 candidate forum at the J. Dixie Harn Community Center in Pembroke.

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Four candidates for contested offices turned out, as did two candidates who won their primaries and are now unopposed, for Tuesday’s political forum in Pembroke. But only 26 people, including the six candidates, attended the event hosted by the North Bryan Chamber of Commerce.
Each candidate was given five minutes to speak. The only race represented by more than a single candidate was for the District 1 seat on the Bryan County Board of Commissioners. Both the Republican challenger, Noah Covington, and the independent challenger, Rufus “Ed” Bacon, attended, but the Democratic incumbent, Commissioner Joe Kendrick, did not.
Bacon and Covington agreed that securing a fair share of special purpose local option sales tax projects for the northern part of the county is a hot topic in District 1 and criticized the way SPLOST funds have been spent under the current board.

Read more in the Oct. 20 edition of the News.

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