Republican Forum Set for June 1st

The Laurens County Young Republicans and the Laurens County Republican Party are co-hosting a candidate forum where candidates and forum organizers will gather at the historic courthouse in downtown Laurens. The event will be closed to the public but streamed live on Facebook and other social media platforms for anyone to watch live or view the recording later. The forum is set for Monday, June 1st at 6:00 pm.

“The Coronavirus has altered our way of life for the past few months and made campaigning difficult,” said Brown Patterson, 1st Vice Chair of the Laurens County Young Republicans and the Laurens County Republican Party. “However, we feel it is still essential to offer a platform for the Republican candidates to present themselves to the public.”

Forum participants will be allowed to provide a short introduction and then respond to a few questions. The schedule will be posted in advance so constituents can tune in at the appropriate time for the races they are interested in. Mr. Patterson states that all four candidates for Sheriff have confirmed they’ll participate. They are Ricky Chastain, Jarvis Reeder, Don Reynolds and Ted Richardson. For Clerk of Court, both Mary Lauren Powers and Michelle Simmons are confirmed.

For County Council District 2, only challenger Luke Rankin has confirmed his participation. For County Council 7, both Brenda Stewart and David Tribble have confirmed participation. Also invited to participate are incumbent Doug Gilliam and challenger Melinda Butler for State House Seat 42.

Uncontested candidates have been invited and there will be time scheduled for them to speak as well.

Janice Long, Chair of the Laurens County Republican Party, said, “We believe this will be a great opportunity for candidates to communicate their platform to the voters. We hope people will tune in online or watch the recording later so we can all be informed voters.”

The final schedule of candidate presentations and Q&A will be posted on social media in advance of the forum. The forum begins at 6:00 pm on June 1st.