Statewide Candidates Expected at Local Forum

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The next generation of state leaders are all expected to be in attendance at a forum later this month that is designed to educate local residents about candidates running for offices.

Columbus State University, the Young Professionals of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Society of Human Resource Management are presenting a candidate forum on Aug. 26 at CSU’s Cunningham Center.

Organizers are expecting Democrat and Republican candidates from the following races:

• U.S. Senate
• U.S. House of Representatives, District 2
• U.S. House of Representatives, District 3
• Governor
• Lieutenant Governor
• Columbus Mayor

The forum, which is is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last about 90 minutes.

“It has been said that all politics are local. If that is the case, we must be very active in identifying the issues so that our voting citizens will know how the incumbents and candidates stand on the issues. Our Chamber is proud to be a co-sponsor with CSU and SHRM — another example of why we are known for our public-private partnerships in the Columbus region,” said Mike Gaymon, president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

A private reception with the candidates will be held from 5-6:15 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be made available for this portion of the evening. Tickets for the private reception are $30 per person and can be reserved by going to the event’s website and selecting the link “Make Reservations for Private Reception.”

For more information, call 706-568-2273.