If you plan on making it to the polls for Richmond Hill’s upcoming city election but don't quite know who to cast your vote for, then you may want to consider stopping by the Station Xchange Thursday.
The Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce has invited all the candidates to a meet and greet event. On Oct. 22 from 5-7 p.m. all the city council and mayoral candidates are slated to stand atop the Station’s railroad car stage and state their platform in five minutes or less. 1st State Senate District candidates Buddy Carter and Billy Hair, who are on the ballot to see who will succeed Eric Johnson, will be on the agenda as well.
"We just had the idea that people should be able to meet the candidates that are running for office," said Linda Barker, Chamber Governmental Affairs Committee member. "We’re hoping for a big turnout."
The candidates will not be taking questions from the audience, but have agreed to take individual questions after the formal presentation.
Among the speakers will be Richmond Hill mayoral candidates Floyd Hilliard and Harold Fowler, city council District 1 candidates JoAnn Bickley and Van Hunter, and city council District 2 candidates Russ Carpenter and Darryl Petermann.
Election Day is Nov. 3, but the senatorial election and city election have two different locations and times set for early voting.
Early voting for the senatorial election, available to all county residents, is Monday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bryan County Courthouse in Pembroke or the Courthouse Annex in Richmond Hill. Early voting for the city election is Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wetlands Center at the back of J.F. Gregory Park.
- by Ross Blair