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Debate Monday for commission posts
Big crowd expected to hear candidates
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Forsyth County News

If you go

• What: Forsyth County Tea Party commissioners debate

• When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday

• Where: Forsyth County Administration Building, 110 E. Main St., Suite 220

The Forsyth County Tea Party expects a large crowd Monday to hear what county commission hopefuls have to say.

The two-hour debate will draw candidates from each of the three commission contests in the July 31 primary to the Forsyth County Administration Building.

All announced candidates are expected to attend, with the exception of District 2 Commissioner Brian Tam who may have a conflict, said Steve Voshall, chairman of the local tea party.

Each person will be allowed a two-minute opening statement and two minutes to answer questions, Voshall said.

“We’ve got prepared questions, but we didn’t send them questions this time,” he said, referring to the sheriff’s debate last month.

“We’ll just ask the questions at the debate and they don’t know what they are until the debate.”

The county tea party has prepared about 20 questions “relevant to the issues,” Voshall said, and will also accept written questions from the audience.

Tea party members have been attending commission meetings and following local government regularly in recent months.

“We’re watching this very closely,” said Voshall, adding that questions on water contracts, fiscal responsibility and ethics will be part of the debate.

The format will be similar to the March sheriff’s debate the tea party held at the Center at Charles Place, but with a much larger space.

Due to a “standing room only” crowd of more than 200, Voshall said the group opted to get a bigger room so more could attend and be seated comfortably.

Still, he expects between 200 and 300 to attend the debate, so people may want to arrive early.

From northern District 4, incumbent Patrick Bell and challengers Tim Hubbard, Cindy J. Mills and Bill Mulrooney will debate.

Incumbent Jim Boff will face off with John Derucki in District 5, which covers much of east Forsyth.

For District 2, challenger and tea party member Dennis Brown is the lone announced candidate who has confirmed he will attend.

Voshall added that the party has “never had a politician not attend a debate.”