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Candidates for local office on the March 4 Republican Primary ballot in Lamar County have been invited to a candidate forum scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the district court room of the county courthouse in Paris.
The forum is for Republican candidates only, said John Kruntorad, chairman of the sponsoring Association of Lamar County Republicans.
All 21 local candidates on the ballot will be given two minutes to address the audience, but only those with opponents in the primary will participate in the question-and-answer portion of the forum.
Questions will be specific to the political position which the candidates are seeking, Kruntorad said.
“These initial questions will be provided to the candidates prior to the forum so that the candidates may prepare their responses,” Kruntorad said.
In addition, he said, there will be an opportunity for written questions to be submitted from the audience prior to the start of the Q & A session.
“These questions will be screened by a review panel prior to being asked of the candidates and will be asked of candidates if time allows,” Kruntorad said.
“It is our hope that this forum will give the Republican candidates an opportunity to present their platforms and to educate the electorate about their positions on key issues.
Charles Richards, eParisExtra